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Austrian Olympic official appears at IOC hearing on doping scandal

Austrian Olympic official appears at IOC hearing on doping scandal

A top Austrian Olympic official said Tuesday he had been kept in the dark by the country's ski federation over details of the Turin doping scandal.
Heinz Jungwirth, general secretary of the Austrian Olympic Committee, said the ski federation had received a list of items seized by Italian police during a raid on the athletes' living quarters at the 2006 Winter Games but kept its existence secret until recently.
"We only found out about it (the list) now," he told The Associated Press.
Jungwirth appeared before an International Olympic Committee disciplinary panel in Lausanne on Tuesday to answer questions about what his association knew of the affair.
Last week, the IOC executive board banned six Austrian cross-country and biathlon athletes from the Olympics for life _ the IOC's harshest punishment _ for involvement in blood-doping violations at the Turin Games.
The Austrians _ cross-country skiers Martin Tauber, Juergen Pinter, Johannes Eder and Roland Diethart, and biathletes Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann _ were found guilty of possessing doping substances and taking part in a conspiracy.
Jungwirth said his association only found out details about the incriminating evidence after the IOC released them last Wednesday.
"The Ski Federation received copies of what had been found in the raid, but they keep this quiet for 14 months and hoped nobody would find out," he said.
Jungwirth said the IOC panel wanted to find out who had administered the substances to the athletes, and whether there could have been other as yet undetected instances of doping.
He said he told the panel that his association did not know who else might have been involved in the affair, and that the Austrian Ski Federation had not cooperated fully with the national Olympic committee's own investigation.
Asked whether the investigation could have an impact on Salzburg's bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jungwirth said the two issues were not linked.
"I don't see this as an attack on Salzburg, or as something that could harm Salzburg in any way," he said. "Salzburg was not mentioned at all (during today's meeting)."
Salzburg is competing against Sochi, Russia, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. The IOC will pick the host city on July 4 in Guatemala City.
Austrian Ski Federation sports director Markus Gandler is scheduled to appear before the IOC panel on Wednesday. Another Austrian official, team doctor Peter Baumgartl, opted to submit a written statement, but said he would be willing to testify in person if asked.


Updated : 2021-03-06 17:01 GMT+08:00