Two people who were arrested in relation to the doping scandal in the Ski World Championships in Austria were heard in Innsbruck's Provincial Court on Monday.

The two, a man and a woman, had been arrested on February 27 in raids on what Austrian Police described as a "global network" responsible for doping tests fraud. Seven other people were reportedly detained as well.

The two are alleged helpers of German sports doctor Mark Schmidt, the alleged mastermind of the doping ring, according to Vice President of Innsbruck Provincial Court Andreas Stutter.

Stutter said that the two allegedly "applied blood doping to athletes in Seefeld."

The woman has filed a complaint against extradition to Germany, whereas the man will be handed over to Germany by the end of the week, Stutter said.

The criminal network is thought to have existed for at least five years.

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