Johannes Dürr has reportedly admitted to recent doping ©Getty Images

Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Dürr has reportedly admitted to recent doping as an ongoing investigation into a suspected worldwide drugs network continues.

Dürr, who was convicted of doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, made claims in an ARD documentary which sparked police raids at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld last week.

He was arrested yesterday and became the latest athlete embroiled in the scandal which also included a separate raid in Erfut in Germany. 

Doping is viewed as a type of fraud under Austrian law due to the prize money and endorsements athletes could potentially cheat their way to. 

According to Kleine Zeitung, Dürr is under suspicion as he was crowdfunding to finance a planned comeback.

As well as continuing to dope he is also accused of guiding other athletes to a doctor involved in the scheme, a claim he is said to deny.

ARD reported that Dürr admitted to continuing to dope in 2018. 

Austrian skiers Max Hauke, seemingly caught in the middle of a blood transfusion in a video released last week, and Dominik Baldauf were also arrested.

Kazakhstan's Alexei Poltoranin and the Estonian duo of Karel Tammjarv and Andreas Veerpalu were other skiers to be held.

All of these have admitted to wrongdoing and have been provisionally suspended by the FIS.

Police raids at the Seefeld World Championships have shocked skiing ©Getty Images
Police raids at the Seefeld World Championships have shocked skiing ©Getty Images

Two Austrian cyclists, Stefan Denifl and Georg Preidler, then admitted to blood doping earlier this week.

They have both been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union.

During Sochi 2014, Dürr finished eighth in the skiathlon. 

He went home to Austria to train for the 50 kilometre event but tested positive for erythropoietin just days before and was suspended.

In the ARD documentary, Dürr confessed he had doped in Germany.

In the piece titled "Doping Top Secret: Confession, Inside the mind of a doper", Dürr revealed how he cheated, admitting to blood transfusions and taking EPO and growth hormones.

Dürr confessed to having his blood manipulated at hotels near Munich Airport and in other places across Germany, including Oberhof and Irschenberg. 

Austrian biathlete Simon Eder, a double Olympic medallist who has not been implicated in the scandal, told Die Presse that he had once been "offered something".

He said he immediately informed the police and the Austrian Olympic Committee.

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