Austrian ski federation chief cleared

Updated: July 6, 2012, 9:14 AM ET
Associated Press

TURIN, Italy -- An Italian court has cleared Austrian ski federation president Peter Schroecksnadel and biathlon chief Markus Gandler of any involvement in the blood-doping scandal at the 2006 Turin Games.

Following a court case Friday in Susa, near Turin, the Austrian federation says, "the trial has shown that many accusations against Austria ski federation representatives were false."

At the 2006 Olympics, Italian police raided the Austrian cross-country and biathlon team lodgings, seizing doping products and equipment.

The police action brought an investigation that led the IOC to impose lifetime bans on four athletes. One of the penalties was reduced to a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Schroecksnadel says, "the federation has acted correctly from the beginning and this has now been confirmed by the court."


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