Head of Spanish athletics federation 'victim' of doping scandal
AFP, Monday 13 Dec 2010
The president of the Spanish Athletics Federation, Jose Maria Odriozola, said Monday he feels like a "victim" of a doping scandal which erupted last week with the detention of 14 people.


The president of the Spanish Athletics Federation, Jose Maria Odriozola, said on Monday he feels like a "victim" of a doping scandal which erupted last week with the detention of 14 people.

"I am another victim of all this and the people who have abused my trust will suffer the appropriate sanctions or see their contracts cancelled," he told a news conference.

He was speaking one day after six of the 14 people who were detained on Thursday, including the coach of former world 3000-metre steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez, were charged with public health offences and trafficking in illegal substances.

The six were Cesar Perez, the coach of the Spanish athletics federation, vice-president Dominguez, athlete Alberto Garcia, former cyclist Alberto Leon, fitness trainer Manuel Pascua Piqueras and Jose Alonso Valero, a former athlete and agent.

The sixth man was reported to be Eufemiano Fuentes, the man believed to have been the mastermind behind Operation Puerto, who was accused of organising a vast blood-doping network after a May 2006 police raid on his Madrid laboratory allegedly uncovered doping products and 100 bags of blood products.

Among the riders caught up in that investigation were former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich and Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso.

Dominguez, who won the 3000-metre steeplechase at the 2009 world championships, was detained on Thursday along with other athletes, coaches and medical staff as part of Operation Galgo.

She was suspended as vice-president of the Spanish Athletics Federation on Friday.

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