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Mikhail Botvinov gets 4-month term

Updated: May 9, 2012, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

LEOBEN, Austria -- Former Austrian cross-country skier Mikhail Botvinov has been given a suspended four-month prison term for giving false testimony as a witness in a doping case against ex-Nordic coach Walter Mayer.

A regional court ruled on Wednesday that Botvinov falsely denied having had his blood taken at a Vienna lab, which Mayer allegedly used to help numerous athletes with blood doping between 2003-06.

Botvinov can appeal the verdict. The Russian-born athlete, who gained Austrian ...

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