Anti-doping expert on the World Cup scandal: Criminalization helps

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The ski world championships in Austria were blacked out this week after police revealed blood doping. The professor and anti-doping expert Arne Ljungqvist still believe that sport is becoming increasingly cleaner.

  • There are very effective methods for analyzing and determining doping, he says in an interview in Aktuellt.

Five skaters were arrested by Austrian police during Wednesday’s raid on the World Cup resort Seefeld. One of the riders was taken on a barren act when he received a blood transfusion, and all five have now recognized.

Two of the riders belonged to the home management Austria, which was also involved in a doping scandal during the Winter Olympics in Turin 2006. Then, Arne Ljungqvist was one of those who struck the alarm.

  • We had a look at what the Austrian team was doing.

“Sport is a part of society”
After that scandal, it was legislated against doping in Austria, and Arne Ljungqvist says that just criminalization is important for anti-doping work.

  • Even Interpol has asked for more criminalization. The difference is that we can get help from the police.
  • It is an abuse part of society and sport is part of society. As a sports leader, we have limited opportunities to prosecute such things – we cannot do the search, but it was done by the police in Turin and now by the Austrian police.

Despite the week’s doping reveal, Arne Ljungqvist believes, with several decades of experience, that the development of the sports world is moving in the right direction.

  • We are constantly getting more efficient methods and sports are becoming increasingly cleaner. I have that perspective and I can say that without hesitation, says Arne Ljungqvist.