Former Finnish skier, coach given suspended terms

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HELSINKI (AP) -- A regional court in Finland has imposed suspended prison sentences on a former top skier and an ex-ski association coach for lying during an investigation into doping in Finnish cross-country skiing in the 1990s.

The Helsinki District Court on Thursday gave skier Jari Rasanen a 12-month sentence for failing to tell the truth about the use of banned substances and handed coach Pekka Vahasoyrinki a nine-month term for lying about providing banned substances to skiers.

Police opened an investigation into doping claims in 2008 after a TV report, backed by former ski coach Kari-Pekka Kyro, claimed that the Finnish Ski Association had covered up the systematic use of banned substances by skiers in the 1990s.