VIENNA - Italian prosecutors have indicted 10 current and former
members of the Austrian Ski Federation following their investigation of
a blood-doping scandal at the 2006 Olympics, officials and news reports
said Saturday.

During the Turin Games, Italian police raided the
Austrian cross-country and biathlon team lodgings and seized a large
amount of doping products and equipment.

 

Markus Gandler, the federation's biathlon sports
director, told the Austria Press Agency Saturday that those indicted by
Turin prosecutors include himself, former Austria coach Walter Mayer
and federation president Peter Schroecksnadel.


Mayer was also implicated in a blood-doping case at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.

Gandler said the other individuals to be indicted are
former cross-country coach Emil Hoch, doctor Peter Baumgartl, former
biathletes Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann, and cross-country
skiers Martin Tauber, Johannes Eder and Juergen Pinter.

According to Austrian broadcaster ORF, those facing
indictments are accused of violating Italy's anti-doping law. It also
reported that the trial is set to start in October.

Following the scandal, the International Olympic
Committee fined the Austrian Olympic Committee US$1 million for failing
to prevent the blood-doping violations. The IOC also imposed lifetime
bans on four athletes, one of which was reduced to a four-year ban by
the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"This whole thing is a show trial that seems
politically motivated," APA quoted Schroecksnadel's lawyer, Manfred
Ainedter, as saying.

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