måndag 18 maj 2009

Kohl, Rasmussen Allegedly Helped Others Dope

VIENNA (AP) -- Prosecutors in Austria are investigating whether banned cyclists Bernhard Kohl of Austria and Michael Rasmussen of Denmark helped other athletes with blood doping.
Kohl and Rasmussen allegedly possessed a centrifuge for blood enrichment.
If they lent the equipment to other athletes, they could face criminal charges under Austria's anti-doping laws and prison terms of up to five years.
Police found the centrifuge earlier this year at the house of Kohl's former manager, Stefan Matschiner.
Vienna State prosecution spokesman Gerhard Jarosch said Monday authorities are investigating everyone involved in purchasing the equipment.
Rasmussen and Kohl have each been banned for two years for doping offenses at the Tour de France in 2007 and 2008.

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Filed at 9:23 a.m. ET

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