dFormer president of the World Biathlon Federation, Anders Besseberg, suffers serious injuries corruption He was sentenced to three years and one month in prison. The 78-year-old Norwegian, who was president of the IBU for 25 years from 1993 to 2018, was found guilty on nine out of ten charges. This is clear from Friday's ruling by the Buskerud court in Hokksund, Norway. The charges against Besseberg related to the years 2009 to 2018.

Besseberg was accused of accepting bribes with luxury watches, hunting trips, prostitutes and a rental car. Besseberg was convicted, among other things, on the basis of an Austrian police interview in which he admitted to receiving sexual favors.

“Lack of understanding of roles”

He later withdrew his statement and has since denied having anything to do with prostitutes. “The defendant has demonstrated a lack of understanding of his role and self-knowledge of himself,” the judge said Friday. It is clear that Besseberg received undue advantages when he headed the IBU.

Already in January 2021, the independent external audit commission (ERC) found that Besseberg had covered up doping in the Russian national team for decades. The Russians rewarded him with “bribes, hunting trips and prostitutes,” according to the ERC report.

The court also did not believe Besseberg that his numerous sponsored hunting trips were private. According to the court, these were clearly related to his position in biathlon and he was accused of “deliberately confusing roles.”

Several of the trips were paid for by important members of the association. Besseberg was also found guilty of corruption because he was driving a rented car for free, the costs of which were borne by the partners.

Besseberg immediately appealed. “Of course I am disappointed and surprised by the sentence,” he said after answering the question of whether he had understood the sentence in the affirmative.