Update Dr. Michele Ferrari (Italy):
Dr. Michele Ferrari receives a suspended 18 month prison sentence and pays a small fine to WADA in 2017:
The court also found Ferrari in violation, and fined him 4,500 Euros with 18 months of imprisonment, during which time he is not allowed to work as a doctor. Like the Taschlers, Ferrari saw his prison sentence suspended. He was also, however, ordered to pay a 15,000 Euro fine to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Ferrari has been implicated in many doping scandals, most visibly in cycling; he worked with disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong, among others. He is serving a lifetime ban against working with the Italian cycling federation. This is the first time he has been convicted of a crime since doping became a criminal offense in Italy in 2000.
The court gave him a fine of $4,500 and a fine of $15,000 to WADA.
This will finally give Dr. Michele Ferrari some tough punishment for doping!!!
Take that Dr. Ferrari!!!
From a comment at the bottom of this article:
To take this further with Ferrari, these were the 'who is who' of professional cycling in the last two or three decades, according to Daily Peloton (2006): Lance Armstrong, Michael Rogers, Alexander Vinokourov, Michele Scarponi, Denis Menchov, Giovanni Visconti, Yaroslav Popovych, Alessandro Bertolini, Gianluca Bortolami, Gianni Bugno, Mario Cipollini, Claudio Chiappucci, Roman Kreuziger, Cadel Evans, Armand de Las Cuevas, Fernando EscartÃn, Gianni Faresin, Giorgio Furlan, Ivan Gotti, Andreas Kappes, Kevin Livingston, Eddy Mazzoleni, Axel Merckx, Thomas Dekker, Abraham Olano, Daniele Pontoni, Tony Rominger, Paolo Savoldelli, Filippo Simeoni, Pavel Tonkov, Enrico Zaina and Beat Zberg.
Ferrari was a pupil of Francesco Conconi, a professor at the University of Ferrara who introduced EPO to pro cycling in the 1980's. Among Conconi's well known clients were former cross country ski giants: Marco Albarello, Maurilio De Zolt, Manuela Di Centa, Giorgio Vanzetta and Silvio Fauner.
Kari-Pekka Kyro, the former head coach of the Finnish xc ski team when the famous "Lahti 6" happened, was working with Ferrari and the Finns were said to have ushered in the use of EPO in xc skiing in the mid 80's. Kyro helped coach Anne Kylloenen a few years ago. Another Finnish coach of the 90's, Pekka VÃ¤hÃ¤sÃ¶yrinki, became the new personal coach of Kerttu Niskanen and Juho Mikkonen: https://www.instagram.com/p/BSHCUtUgJHt/
All the top coaches, apart from Kyro, are back working with some of the top skiers/biathletes in Finland at the moment:
Jarmo Punkkinen: Kaisa MÃ¤kÃ¤rÃ¤inen
Antti LeppÃ¤vuori: Finnish national biathlon team
Jarmo Riski: Sami JauhojÃ¤rvi (and still consulting Aino-Kaisa Saarinen)
Pekka VÃ¤hÃ¤sÃ¶yrinki: Ari Luusua, Kerttu Niskanen, Juho Mikkonen
And to finish off with Ferrari, the Padova investigation that looked into doping and criminal activity in Italian sport and foreign athletes working with Ferrari and others, closed in the Summer of 2015 without sanctions:
I suppose the Taschlers were small fish compared to professional cycling and money it generates and they were left to dry, despite Gottlieb's high ranking within the IBU. Not the first time professional athletes and those associated with them in the South Tyrol have been embroiled in doping scandals and it certainly won't be the last.