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The third Estonian skier admitted to using doping

A skier from Estonia, a participant in three Olympics, Argo Kärp, admitted using blood doping. This is reported by ERR.
Before that, the Austrian police had detained two other Estonian athletes, Karel Tammyarv and Andreas Veerpalu, at the World Championships in Seefeld. For a “blood doping”, an athlete takes several servings of blood and inject them again after a while. It is believed that the increase in hemoglobin level and the improvement of oxygen transport under the influence of such doping increase the endurance of athletes. In 1987, the International Olympic Committee banned blood-like manipulations.
Kärp, 33, said he was assisted by a German doctor, Mark Schmidt .
“Perhaps this will destroy all my relationships with people, but I just can not live with this lie,” – said the athlete.
According to him, he got into the top 20 skiers at the World Cup, but he felt that this was not enough, so I decided to use doping.
According to Karp, the former Estonian coach Mati Alaver linked him to Schmidt.
After identifying cases of blood doping, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid deprived Alaver of state awards.

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