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    European Athletics President Allegedly Falsified Doping Samples in 80s

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    European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen was being paid for substituting doping samples in the 1980s, Norwegian media reported Sunday, citing former high jumper Patrik Sjoberg.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Hansen received from $500 to $1,000 for falsifying the doping samples, when he was working as ExxonMobil Bislett Games director, Sjoberg said, as quoted by the VG.no news website.

    The website noted that former Bislett Games spokeswoman Anne-Lise Hammer and former athlete Ingrid Kristiansen confirmed the information provided by Sjoberg.

    According to the website, Hansen denied the allegations and threatened to file a suit against Sjoberg.

    Hansen served as Assistant Meeting Director of the annual international athletics meeting Bislett Games from 1973 to 1984 and assumed the office of the European Athletics president in April 2015.

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