Blood doping in triathlon?

Officials have reported that a German doctor who operated a blood doping network out of the city of Erfurt provided transfusions for athletes in a number of countries, including in Hawaii, USA, the site of Ironman's world championship.

| March 20, 2019 | NEWS

Blood-doping allegations have come up against 21 athletes involved in five different sports.

Blood-doping allegations have come up against 21 athletes involved in five different sports.

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The Munich Attorney General's Office announced at a press conference that they are investigating blood doping allegations against 21 athletes from eight European countries.

Chief Prosecutor Kai Graeber said that the athletes came from five different Olympic sports, of which three were part of the winter games. He did not indicate the other two sports, but it would appear that cycling is one and triathlon could be the other.

Why? According to Graeber, between 2011 and the raids carried out at the World Nordic Ski Championships in Austria last month, there had been a "three-digit number" of blood transfusions given to the 21 athletes involved in the scandal around the world, including Hawaii, the site of the Ironman World Championship.

Earlier this month two Austrian cyclists, Georg Preidler and Stefan Denifl, admitted to blood doping as the investigation dubbed "Operation Aderlass" was unfolding. The doping program is said to have been run by German doctor, Mark Schmidt, who is from Erfurt, Germany.