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Duerr avoids criminal charges after Sochi doping scandal

Austrian cross-country skier Duerr avoids criminal charges after Sochi Olympics doping scandal

Duerr avoids criminal charges after Sochi doping scandal

VIENNA (AP) -- Prosecutors in Austria have dropped a criminal investigation into former cross-country skier Johannes Duerr, who was kicked out of the Sochi Olympics for doping.

State prosecution spokeswoman Nina Bussek says Duerr won't be charged as it was his first offense and he didn't provide other athletes with banned substances.

Doping is a criminal offense under Austria's anti-fraud laws, with athletes found guilty facing prison terms of up to three years.

Duerr admitted to taking the blood booster EPO after he tested positive in a sample taken in Austria, where he had returned for training during the games in Feb. 2014.

The 28-year-old Duerr was banned for two years by skiing's governing body FIS in June last year, but had already been expelled for life from the Austrian ski federation.


Updated : 2021-09-19 04:51 GMT+08:00