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Hormone Smuggling Trial Begins for Top Ski Coach

Yle Uutisten artikkeliarkisto

Former cross-country skiing top coach, Kari-Pekka Kyrö, spends his first day in court on Tuesday over the national team’s doping scandal. He says he is not guilty of perjury and smuggling illegal substances.

Three days have been reserved for the trial, but this may have to be extended. Two Dutch hormone have been called as witnesses by the prosecution but are unlikely to turn up. One has not been located and the other refuses to testify.

The state prosecutor, Pekka Koponen, wants a suspended jail sentence for Kyrö. He’s suspected of smuggling doses of EPO-hormone from the Netherlands between 1999 and 2000. Kyrö allegedly passed this on to members of the Finnish ski team.

The perjury charges relate to a slander trial five years ago, in which Kyrö swore he did not know that the skiers were taking illegal substances.

YLE24, Finnish News Agency

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