Botvinov given suspended 4-month term in dope case
Former Austrian cross-country skier Mikhail Botvinov has been
given a suspended four-month prison term for giving false testimony
as a witness in a doping case against ex-Nordic coach Walter
A regional court ruled on Wednesday that Botvinov falsely denied
having had his blood taken at a Vienna lab, which Mayer allegedly
used to help numerous athletes with blood doping between
Botvinov can appeal the verdict. The Russian-born athlete, who
gained Austrian citizenship in 1998, won silver in the 30k
freestyle mass start at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games and bronze in
the 50k event at the 2006 Turin Games.
Mayer was found guilty of doping offenses and given a partly
suspended 15-month prison term last August.