Translation of Official statement by Criminal Intelligence Service Austria
House search: Kazakh national biathlon team's rooms searched in Hochfilzen
Subheader: International Biathlon Union (IBU) cooperating with Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office
On 8 February 2017 the Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office conducted a search of the accommodations of the Kazakhstan national biathlon team. Numerous medical devices and medications were seized. The investigations are still underway.
(Hochfilzen, Austria; 9 February 2017) In January 2017, a member of the public reported observing the occupants of several minibuses discarding a large cardboard box on the property of a petrol station in East Tyrol. The cardboard box was found to contain a considerable volume of used disposable medical equipment including disposable syringes, infusions and pharmaceutical phials as well as handwritten notes, indicating that doping had taken place. The box was moreover found to contain various accreditation passes for International Biathlon Union (IBU) events.
The medical equipment and medications were handed over to a control body of the Austrian National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA Austria), which reviewed the evidence and then informed the specialists at the Department of Betting Fraud, Doping and Medical-Related Crime [Referat für Wettbetrug, Doping und Arzneikriminalität] of the Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office. Analysis of the documents and handwritten notes indicated that the box and its contents had belonged to the Kazakh national biathlon team.
The warrant to search the team's accommodation was issued by the Office of the State Prosecutor in Innsbruck. The hotel was searched during the evening on 8 February 2017 with the assistance of the Tyrolean State Criminal Police (Landeskriminalamt Tirol). A task force totalling 30 police officers seized a significant volume of medical equipment, medications and mobile phones. Urine and blood testing was subsequently carried out by NADA Austria in coordination with the IBU.
The investigators are currently assessing whether Austrian federal anti-doping laws have been violated, and whether this is a case of sport fraud [Sportsbetrug] as defined in the Austrian Criminal Code.
Austrian Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, thanked the 30 police officers for their hard work, and the NADA Austria and the IBU for their positive collaboration: "The Austrian police will be going to great lengths to clarify the issue of criminal liability."
NADA Austria: https://www.nada.at/
The IBU: http://www.biathlonworld.com/
For further information, please contact:
Austrian Federal Criminal Police Office [Bundeskriminalamt, abbreviated “BK”]
Vincenz Kriegs-Au, MA
Josef-Holaubek-Platz 1, 1090 Vienna
Phone: +43 (0)1 24836-985146
Mobile: +43 (0)664 264 08 21