Veerpalu testifies in doping hearing

  • 2011-06-06
  • TBT Staff

Veerpalu, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, denies the doping charges. (photo: Ivo Kruusamagi)

TALLINN -- Estonia's Andrus Veerpalu, a two-time Olympic champion, has denied charges of doping during an official hearing at the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Though not physically present, Veepalu appeared before the FIS anti-doping committee in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana via video conferencing technology.

"The work environment was businesslike and constructive and the commission listened to us very attentively. There weren't any restrictions; FIS did not interrupt us. There were a few specifying questions," lawyer Aivar Pilv told ETV.

Results from the hour long trial are expected later this summer.

Veerpalu's defense team used the opportunity to present a huge amount of documented evidence from scientists and experts. His defense centers around problems with the testing process.

Veerpalu suddenly and unexpectedly ended his career on the eve of the Holmenkollen world championship in February after a doping test found increased levels of certain hormones in his system.