Kerschbaum affected by new laws

Updated: April 22, 2010, 10:46 AM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA -- Austrian cyclist Christof Kerschbaum will be the first athlete to go on trial since selling doping products became a criminal offense in Austria in 2008.

Last year, Kerschbaum was arrested and kept in custody for 11 days for allegedly supplying EPO and other banned performance-enhancing drugs to other riders between 2004 and 2009.

Prosecution spokesman Gerhard Jarosch said Thursday that a date for the court hearing hasn't been set.

Kerschbaum was the first Austrian athlete to be arrested under the country's toughened anti-doping laws, which call for prison terms of up to five years.

A Vienna pharmacist, who allegedly provided Kerschbaum with the banned substances, went on trial Thursday.

Austrian law to make it a criminal offense to possess and sell banned substances. Manipulating blood or genetic material also became a crime, with harsher penalties for those who help athletes dope.

Kerschbaum last rode for Austrian team Radclub Wels. He won the 2007 road championships of the Upper Austria province and the 2008 Top Rad Liga.

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