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Estonia to probe local doctor’s doping claims

December 20, 2013

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The head of Estonia’s anti-doping agency says it has started an investigation into claims by a local sports doctor that he provided banned substances to track and field athletes from 1995-2007.

Kristel Berendsen tells The Associated Press that a commission will probe the allegations by Dr. Vitali Bernatski made in an interview with the Eesti Paevaleht daily.

According to the paper, Bernatski said he had provided or administered athletes with various substances, including human growth hormone and EPO, but did not provide evidence to back up the claims.

Bernatski did not name any athletes and has publicly declined to provide details since the interview was published on Tuesday.

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