Criminal charges brought against Estonian skier Andreas Veerpalu in Austria

  • 2020-06-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian cross-country skier Andreas Veerpalu, who was caught using blood doping at the World Ski Championships in 2019, has been charged in Austria, the English-language news portal of Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.

In a comment to ERR, Hansjorg Mayr, a spokesperson for the Innsbruck Prosecutor's Office, confirmed Veerpalu had been charged with sports fraud.

Karel Tammjarv, who was also detained at the World Cup in Seefeld, has previously been charged.

In addition to blood doping, both Veerpalu and Tammjarv used a growth hormone for doping purposes. The Estonian athletes were provided the contact information of German sports doctor Mark Schmidt, who mediated the doping, by former ski coach Mati Alaver.