10th October 2019

Johannes Dürr sanctioned with life ban

Austrian cross country skier Johannes Dürr has been sanctioned with a life ban for a number of anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), the Austrian Anti-Doping Legal Commission (ÖADR) has announced (click here to download statement). Dürr was provisionally suspended in March, after confessing to use of blood transfusions, erythropoietin (EPO), and growth hormones in an interview (below). The confession led Austrian and German police to launch Operation Aderlass, which has resulted in sanctions against a number of athletes.

Dürr has been sanctioned for violating Articles 2.2 and 2.6 of the international ski federation’s (FIS) anti-doping rules for possession and use of a prohibited method (blood doping); and for possession and use of prohibited substances (growth hormones). He has also been charged with breaching Article 2.7 of the FIS anti-doping rules for trafficking prohibited substances; for violating Article 2.8 of the FIS anti-doping rules for administration of a prohibited method (blood doping); for violating Article 2.9 of the FIS anti-doping rules (complicity) in connection to use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method.

The ÖADR stated that from Spring 2013, Dürr underwent blood transfusions and accepted erythrocyte concentrate, which was stored for later infusion. This removal and storage of blood and erythrocyte concentrate continued in 2014 and 2015, and from early Summer 2018 until December 2018, said the ÖADR’s statement. 

In addition, the ÖADR said that Dür acquired and used growth hormone in 2018; sold ‘at least three’ packs of Thymosin Beta 4 to a third party in 2014; acquired and passed on a growth hormone ‘pen’ to another athlete on 19 January 2015; gave another athlete a bag of blood in Summer 2014; and organised blood doping for another athlete between 30 November 2014 until 30 June 2015. 

All results from 26 February 2016 have been annulled, and his suspension runs from the 14 March 2019 date of his provisional suspension. The life ban decision is now final, as Dürr has not appealed within the four week time limit.

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