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Former Head Coach Guilty of Smuggling

Yle Uutisten artikkeliarkisto

Vantaa district court has found the former head coach of the national men's cross-country skiing team, Kari-Pekka Kyrö, guilty of smuggling and attempted perjury. Kyrö was handed a fine of 456 euros.

Kyrö will also have to pay 16,000 euros in court expenses.

The court convicted him of smuggling banned growth and EPO hormones from the Netherlands to Finland during 1999 and 2000.

Kyrö said that he was not aware that his contact in the Netherlands sold banned hormones. He said he had paid the man for advice on training.

The court did not believe Kyrö's explanation.

In addition, Kyrö lied as a plaintiff in an earlier trial when he sued the Finnish News Agency for its doping report, stemming back to the 2001 World Nordic Ski Championships.

At the time, Kyrö claimed that no banned substances were used by the cross-country skiing team when he was coach.

In an interview with the Finnish Broadcasting Company, YLE, Kyrö considered it unlikely that he would appeal the verdict. The prosecutor, however, is still considering whether to appeal to a higher court.

YLE24, Finnish News Agency

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