4th April 2019

Officer fined over sharing Max Hauke video

A police officer who shared a video showing the arrest of Austrian skier Max Hauke during the doping raid at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Seefeld on 28 February has been fined, reports Sport24. The officer involved must pay €500 in compensation to Hauke, in addition to a €4,760 fine. 

Through his sharing of the video, the officer was charged with breaching Austria’s official secrets act. The video was initially shared with colleagues who were not involved in the doping raid via a private WhatsApp group, from which it was released to the public.

“I deeply regret what I have done”, said the officer from Eastern Austria, reported Sport24. “It is inexcusable”. The prosecutor argued that the consequences of his act were “too severe”, and had affected the personal life of the cross country skier. “The fact is that the entire existence of a human being was destroyed”, argued Hauke’s lawyer.

On 1 March, the Austrian anti-doping commission (ÖADR) announced that Hauke had been charged with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). Hauke was provisionally suspended for ‘possession and application of a prohibited method (M1.1 Manipulation of blood or blood components (“blood doping”)’. It is understood that his ÖADR has yet to rule on his case. Doping is considered a criminal offence in Austria.

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