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"Coach-pharmacist" disgraced Austria

February 21 2006

No sooner had the Olympics in Turin subside scandal involving disqualification of Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva, as a new unpleasant story cast a shadow over the shooting skiers. This time, the number of guilty were the representatives of Austria, whose athletes with a certain scenario could even compete for a medal in the relay. And the Austrian biathlon coach for just one night managed to become the main "bad guy" alpine republic.

It all started in the best tradition of movies about police officers. On the night of 18 to 19 February at the location of the Austrian biathlon stormed the Italian police. By order of the guards received a report that members of neighboring Italy, the country's hidden secret laboratory, the presence of which allows doctors to the Austrian team to enter into the body of athletes banned drugs. However, the main target of police was a former coach of Austria's biathlon Walter Mayer.

48-year-old Meyer has figurant doping scandal four years ago, at the Games in Salt Lake City. Then Mayer caught in the fact that he forced his players to take illegal drugs. As punishment banned Mayer attend the Olympic Games 2006 and 2010. However, the coach at your own risk, as an individual arrived at the location of the Austrian team, and someone reported it to the police. And according to Italian law doping is a criminal offense. But not for the Austrian - home court at the time appeared to be more humane, justified the coach, and he was returned to work in the biathlon federation.

Police officers who carried out a search failed to find any secret lab, either the Mayer, who managed to escape. True, gossips immediately told about what they saw as some Austrian athletes directly from the window throw syringes. But the fact that neither Meyer nor police laboratory did not detect, Austrian officials had interpreted as an unmotivated "zoom" and filed an official protest on the fact of the search in the location of their biathletes. In addition, they demanded an apology.

But later, when the presence in the building Mayer, syringes and drugs became suspicious pointless to deny the tone Austrian officials became more conciliatory and even tearful. "He came here as a private person who has the ticket. True, he had spent in the house biathletes at least one night "- the words quoted Secretary General of Federation of Austrian biathlon Heinz Yungvirta newspaper Neue Kronen Zeitung". "That's right, Walter Meyer on arrival once spent the night here in our apartment" - confirms him as saying the head coach of the Biathlon Alfred Eder. Each of them expressed hope that the Austrian delegation will not wait for severe sanctions.

It became clear that was not the escape Mayer. It turned out that the eminent Austrian biathletes Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann left without permission from the disposition of the Austrian team. "Evil tongues" almost immediately said that one of them was the man who threw a syringe from a window. Half Day was not possible to establish their whereabouts, but then they still have found. And today, a day later, the Federation of Austrian biathlon announced that both athletes are not only expelled from the national team, but also excluded from participation in the Olympics 2010 in Vancouver. It is true that the reason for disqualification was dope, not a word was said.

Nevertheless, the protagonist of the scandal continued to be the missing Meyer. He showed up in the Austrian federal state of Carinthia, about 15 kilometers from the Italian border.Austrian media vying write that as a coach, being dead drunk, asleep in his car. When police approached the stopped on the side of the car and woke Mayer, he rushed from their seats, causing minor injuries to one of the guards. They were forced to call in reinforcements, and as a result of car raging coach was stopped by a police car. From the collision both cars turned into a heap of scrap metal, but no injuries were reported. Meyer jumped out and managed to come to blows with law enforcement officers before being overpowered.

Gore-coach was taken to the police station, where he gave testimony, and released him on all four sides. However long he breathed the air of freedom. On Monday evening, Austrian media reported that Meyer was in a psychiatric hospital. According to the head of the Austrian ski Union Shreksnadelya Peter Mayer, not just hit the "loony bin": there he tried to commit suicide, saying that he was tired of living in this world. Doctors confirm attempt to settle accounts with life and not let him visitors.

Draw conclusions follow immediately after Meyer disgraced the entire world. His life was excommunicated from the work of the Federation of Austrian biathlon. After that, literally every high official of the alpine republic considered it his duty to declare the unfortunate fact that Walter Mayer has appeared in the location of the team. "The significance of this history need not to underestimate. It is outrageous that someone is trying to cast aspersions on the entire team, "- said on that occasion the Austrian Federal Chancellor and current EU President Wolfgang Schüssel, famous for his passion for football and alpine skiing.

Note that if the Russian biathletes biathletes and after the story ran with dust, as if their feet fastened to pood Gyra, the Austrian Olympians responded to the story of Meyer and his team outstanding results. February 20 representatives of the Alpine republic won three gold medals out of four, and thus came in second place team, driving the Russians out of "the prize triples. That was such a kind of "dope."

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