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Date
25 Apr 2007
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IOC News , Press Release

Torino 2006: Six Austrian Athletes Declared Permanently Ineligible


The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today unanimously decided to declare permanently ineligible six athletes from the Austrian biathlon and cross-country skiing teams who competed at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games (see full details below). This decision excludes them from taking part in any future Olympic Games in any accredited capacity – be that as an athlete, coach, official, etc.
 
The EB approved the recommendations of the Disciplinary Commission (DC) set up by the IOC in February 2006 and composed of Dr Thomas Bach (chairman), Denis Oswald and Sergey Bubka.
 
Based on the report provided by the Italian authorities earlier this year, the DC made a thorough inquiry into violations of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules during the Games and proposed a series of strong sanctions. The severity of the sanctions is motivated by the fact that these cases go further than straightforward possession of prohibited substances and methods and are clear instances where a network, including athletes, colluded to manipulate blood and to engage into doping practices.
 
The fight against doping is an ongoing top priority for the IOC. Over the last years, the IOC has been driving a zero tolerance policy, activating this with stringent means at the three past Olympic Games - Salt Lake City 2002, Athens 2004 and Turin 2006. Today’s decisions show that the IOC will not tolerate any anti-doping violations and that concerted efforts between governments and the world of sport, acting in their respective roles to combat doping in sport, are paying off.
 
The DC will continue its inquiry and is due to hold a second series of hearings next month.

 
Chronology of events
February 2006
IOC asks for support of the Italian Judicial Authorities to investigate  into the private housing of the Austrian ski team
February 2006
 IOC sets up Disciplinary Commission (DC)
4 December 2006
DC meets in Kuwait and makes a request to the Italian authorities    that the process be fast-tracked in order that the issue may be resolved before the major competitions of the winter sport season commence.
16 January 2007 
DC receives a report from the Italian authorities.
9 February 2007
DC calls for a first round of hearings 
4-5 April 2007 
DC holds first round of hearings
25 April 2007 
DC makes first recommendations to the IOC Executive Board
May 2007
 DC to hold second round of hearings
 
DECISIONS BY THE IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION
RE VIOLATIONS OF THE IOC ANTI-DOPING RULES DURING THE TORINO 2006 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES

 
Name of athlete
 
Sport
Event and result
Decision by the IOC Executive Board
Roland Diethart, AUT
Cross Country
Men’s 4x10 km Relay
 
- The athlete Mr Roland Diethart:
  i.      is disqualified from the Men’s 4x10 km Relay;
 ii.      is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The Austrian Men’s 4x10 km Relay team is disqualified.
- The Fédération Internationale de Ski is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly.
- The file is referred to the Fédération Internationale de Ski to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 
Johannes Eder, AUT
Cross Country
Men’s Team Sprint and Men’s 4x10 km Relay:
 
- The athlete Mr Johannes Eder:
i.    is disqualified from the Men’s Team Sprint;
ii.    is disqualified from the Men’s 4x10 km Relay; and
iii.   is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The Austrian Men’s Team Sprint and Men’s 4x10 km Relay teams are disqualified.
- The Fédération Internationale de Ski is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
- The file is referred to the Fédération Internationale de Ski to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 

 
Name of athlete
 
Sport
Event and result
Decision by the IOC Executive Board
Juergen Pinter , AUT
Cross Country
Men’s Team Sprint and Men’s 4x10 km Relay
 
- Mr Juergen Pinter:
                                             i.      is disqualified from the Men’s Team Sprint;
                                           ii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 4x10 km Relay; and
                                          iii.      is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The Austrian Men’s Team Sprint and Men’s 4x10 km Relay teams are disqualified.
- The Fédération Internationale de Ski is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
- The file is referred to the Fédération Internationale de Ski to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 
Martin Tauber, AUT
Cross Country
Men’s 30 km Pursuit, Men’s 15 km Classical and Men’s 4x10 km Relay
 
- The athlete Mr Martin Tauber:
                                             i.      is disqualified from the Men’s 30 km Pursuit, in which he placed seventeenth;
                                           ii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 15 km Classical, in which he placed eighth, and his diploma is withdrawn;
                                          iii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 4x10 km Relay;
                                         iv.      is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The Austian Men’s 4x10 km Relay teams is disqualified.
- The Fédération Internationale de Ski is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
- The file is referred to the Fédération Internationale de Ski to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The Austrian Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diploma awarded to the athlete in the Men’s 15 km Classical.
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 

 
Name of athlete
 
Sport
Event and result
Decision by the IOC Executive Board
Christian Hoffmann
Cross Country
Applied for accreditation but did not take part in the Games
- The charges against Mr Hoffmann are dismissed;  and
- The case is transferred to the Fédération Internationale de Ski with a recommendation that it consider whether Mr Hoffman’s absence from the Torino Olympic Games constituted a violation of his obligation to provide accurate whereabouts information.
 
 Wolfgang Perner, AUT
           
 Biathlon
Men’s 20 km Individual, Men’s 10 km Sprint and Men’s 12.5  km Pursuit
- The athlete Mr Wolfgang Perner:
                                             i.      is disqualified from the Men’s 20 km Individual, in which he placed 60th;
                                           ii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 10 km Sprint, in which he placed 4th, and his diploma is withdrawn;
                                          iii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, in which he placed 25th; and
  iv.      is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The International Biathlon Union is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
- The file is referred to the International Biathlon Union to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The Austrian Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diploma awarded to the athlete in the Men’s 10 km Sprint. 
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 

 
Name of athlete
 
Sport
Event and result
Decision by the IOC Executive Board
Wolfgang Rottmann, AUT
Biathlon,
Men’s 10 km Sprint Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit
 
- The athlete Mr Wolfgang Rottmann:
                                             i.      is disqualified from the Men’s 10 km Sprint, in which he placed 27th;
                                           ii.      is disqualified from the Men’s 12.5 km Pursuit, in which he placed 21st; and
                                          iii.      is permanently ineligible for all future Olympic Games in any capacity.
- The International Biathlon Union is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly.
- The file is referred to the International Biathlon Union to consider any further action within its own competence.
- The decision shall enter into force immediately.
 
 
The full text of the IOC Disciplinary Commission recommendations are available here (PDF format):
 
 Mr Roland Diethart
 
 Mr Johannes Eder
 
 Mr Juergen Pinter
 

 Mr Martin Tauber
 
 Mr Christian Hoffmann
 
 Mr Wolfgang Perner
 
 Mr Wolfgang Rottmann
 
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