Mark Schmidt denied having endangered the lives of athletes or acted for financial gain.
The German doctor Mark Schmidt confessed this Tuesday to having practiced the massive blood doping to more than a hundred athletes and cyclists since 2012, although he denied having endangered their lives or having acted for financial gain.
Schmidt, 42, was indicted by the Munich justice against the accusation of doping of 150 athletes. From the list prepared by the prosecution, it recognized most of the cases, although with some exceptions.
The trial against Schmidt, who was arrested in 2019 during a police operation in the Austrian ski world championships, is one of the largest of its kind in German judicial history.
“We accuse this sports doctor and his assistants of having used doping agents commercially and in an organized gang. If these facts are proven, we hope that the main responsible will be sentenced to several years in prison“said Chief Prosecutor Anne Leiding at the opening of the trial.
The accusations against the 42-year-old doctor are serious: long-term organized doping, controversial blood transfusions and fraud at major sporting events.
The prosecution stated in the indictment, among other things, that the accused athletes illegally attended several major sporting events, such as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and 2018 in Pyongyang, the 2018 Tour de France and the Giro d ‘ Italy 2018.
Along with this doctor, his father, who allegedly knew his son’s practices, as well as a nurse and a health assistant, as well as another collaborator, were accused. They all pleaded guilty.
The largest German doping process is scheduled for 26 days of testimony, so the sentence is expected only in December, before Christmas.
Schmidt has been in preventive detention since 2019. His defense had requested the dismissal of the case for formal irregularities, but his request was rejected.