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CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:35 PM
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The banned Austrian ski coach at the center of a doping investigation at the Turin Olympics crashed his car into a police roadblock Sunday evening after leading authorities on a bizarre chase.

Walter Mayer was slightly injured in the accident, in which he struck an unoccupied police car set up as an impromptu barrier in the town of Paternion in the southwestern province of Carinthia, about 15 miles from the Italian frontier and some 250 miles from Turin, police said. He was taken into protective custody.

Mayer was returning to his native Austria just hours after Italian authorities searched Austria's biathlon and cross country team quarters for banned substances. Police acted on a tipoff that Mayer -- who was accused of blood doping at the 2002 Olympics while he was Austria's Nordic team coach -- was with the team.

Italian police seized blood analysis equipment during the raids, as well as syringes, vials of distilled water, asthma medication and other substances, the national news agency ANSA reported, quoting unidentified investigative sources. One Austrian athlete threw a bag out of a window containing needles and medicines, and Mayer apparently left the scene in a minivan, ANSA said.

The chain of events in Austria started when Mayer pulled over to the side of the road and took a nap in his car, a police statement said.

A suspicious local resident alerted police that a man was sleeping in a car with the engine turned off, and when officers arrived on the scene to wake him up, Mayer sped away, striking and slightly injuring an officer, the statement said.

The officers on the scene then called for backup, and authorities parked an empty police vehicle across the highway as a roadblock. Mayer slammed into the squad car, totaling both vehicles.

Police said Mayer refused to take a blood-alcohol test, which an officer requested after Mayer showed signs of intoxication.

It was unclear whether he would face criminal charges, and authorities declined to say whether they searched his vehicle for doping substances or equipment. Mayer's driver's license was provisionally suspended.

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:36 PM
:drive: :speakles:

controlfreak
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:40 PM
deja vu anyone?

matthias
Feb 19th, 2006, 10:43 PM
the two best austrian biathlets have already left Italy because they have been afraid to get arrested by italian police

drake3781
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:36 PM
the two best austrian biathlets have already left Italy because they have been afraid to get arrested by italian police

Why would they get arrested... did they do something illegal?

What exactly is "blood-doping"? Anyone know?

I read that Mayer was found giving the Australian athletes blood transfusions at Salt Lake City. This means (usually) actually removing the person's blood and then replacing it.... seems it should be done by a doctor and only when medically necessary.

After this occurred he was banned by the IOC, and could not be with the team officially. But the IOC could not stop him being named an Austrian coach, or staying with the athletes at a private house.

When Italian authorities got info that he was at the private house, they staged the raid.

matthias
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Why would they get arrested... did they do something illegal?

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in italy they have a law that can give you few years prison when you use doping
thats why Pyleva left Italy that fast too

Tennis Fool
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Why would they get arrested... did they do something illegal?

What exactly is "blood-doping"? Anyone know?

I read that Mayer was found giving the Australian athletes blood transfusions at Salt Lake City. This means (usually) actually removing the person's blood and then replacing it.... seems it should be done by a doctor and only when medically necessary.

After this occurred he was banned by the IOC, and could not be with the team officially. But the IOC could not stop him being named an Austrian coach, or staying with the athletes at a private house.

When Italian authorities got info that he was at the private house, they staged the raid.

I just posted the big story that has gone silent here in the US. Suprised no one posted it earlier :confused: Guess no Austrians on the board.

drake3781
Feb 19th, 2006, 11:50 PM
I just posted the big story that has gone silent here in the US. Suprised no one posted it earlier :confused: Guess no Austrians on the board.


OK, I'll look for it, it may be the same I read earlier.

And no, I've never noticed any Austrians on the board :lol: :lol:

I would like to hear some feedback from the Austrian government and people.

drake3781
Feb 20th, 2006, 12:17 AM
What exactly is "blood-doping"? Anyone know?

I read that Mayer was found giving the Australian athletes blood transfusions at Salt Lake City. This means (usually) actually removing the person's blood and then replacing it.... seems it should be done by a doctor and only when medically necessary.



From the article:

The raid occurred after the I.O.C. received information from the World Anti-Doping Agency that Walter Mayer, the former Nordic coach of the Austrian team, was staying with Austrian athletes. Mayer had been barred from these Games and the 2010 Winter Olympics for performing blood transfusions on his athletes, including his son, in 2002.

Transfusing your own or someone else's blood increases red blood cells, which transport oxygen to the muscles, thus boosting an athlete's endurance. It is a procedure that entails needles, syringes and, usually, medical supervision.