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Five athletes arrested in anti-doping raids targeting ‘criminal organisation’

• Police make arrests at Nordic world skiing championships
• One of athletes ‘caught in the act of doping’ during raid

Five skiers from Austria, Kazakhstan and Estonia were arrested in anti-doping raids at the Nordic skiing world championships in the Austrian resort of Seefeld, police reported on Wednesday. The raids are part of a broader operation targeting a Germany-based “criminal organisation” suspected of having carried out blood doping for years. A 40-year-old sports doctor is believed to be at the centre of the organisation, the police said, adding that he was also arrested on Wednesday in Germany .

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