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Friday 30, Aug 2013

Los Angeles Angels Superstar Wants Life Ban For PED Users

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Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout has remarked that athletes using banned performance enhancing drugs should be out of the game if caught. Trout added sport cheaters take away from the guys who are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.

The American League Rookie of the Year last season, Trout, remarked he is frustrated by players who use performance enhancing drugs. He added some people just are just trying to find that extra edge and went on to add it is tough as a guy that goes out there and plays hard every day and puts 110 percent effort. Trout said see there’s a list of guys that are on the list and it’s good that MLB caught them and they’re moving in the right direction with suspensions and stuff. The 22-year-old Los Angeles Angels star is batting 330 this season with 20 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 26 stolen bases and said he thinks it is important for young players to pave the way for a cleaner game.

The American professional baseball outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball (MLB) had a breakout season in 2012 and won the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award, winning a Silver Slugger Award, and finishing runner-up to Miguel Cabrera in the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award voting. Born on August 7, 1991 Michael “Mike” Nelson Trout and nicknamed “The Millville Meteor”, Trout led the league in many statistical categories, including runs scored, stolen bases with 49, and wins above replacement with a 10.4 mark. In July 2010, he was named the second-best overall baseball prospect by Baseball America and was ranked number one by ESPN’s Keith Law in his 2011 top 100 prospects list.

In the 2009 MLB draft, Mike Trout was drafted by the Angels 25th overall and he began his professional career for the Arizona Angels in 2009 and finished the season playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .267/.421/.267 over 20 plate appearances in five games. At just 19 years and two months, Trout was the youngest player to be named 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year. On July 24, 2011 Trout hit his first major league home run against Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mark Worrell and recorded his first multi-homer game against the Mariners. For the 2011 season, Mike Trout was named Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year after hitting .326/.414/.544 with 11 home runs, 38 RBIs, 82 runs scored and 33 stolen bases in 91 games.

Angels’ slugger Josh Hamilton agreed with views expressed by Trout and claimed the overwhelming majority of players want strict penalties for PED users. Hamilton said he thinks Trout is right on and that’s what he would say 95 percent of the guys in the league want — even playing field, guys coming out here working hard and all-natural and going out there and playing the game.

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Wednesday 28, Aug 2013

Former German Cyclist Admits To Doping

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@Andreas Klier has admitted using performance enhancing drugs during part of his career spanning 17 years. The retired German professional road racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 1996 and 2013 is the current director of team Garmin-Sharp. His confession came not before the United States Anti-Doping Agency announcing a six-month suspension on Klier.

The USADA revealed the former cyclist provided what it described as “important information” into its ongoing investigation of cycling. Klier admitted to using substances such as erythropoietin (EPO), human growth hormone, and cortisone along with blood transfusions between 1999 and 2006. In a statement issued by Garmin-Sharp, Andreas Klier remarked he has been involved in professional cycling for 17 years, and for those 17 years cycling has been his life. He added some of his best memories and moments happened on his bike, and some of his worst too and along the road to the top of the sport, many years ago, he selected the wrong path, and he has been very sorry for it ever since. The former rider issued an apology to his family, sponsors, peers, fans, and riders who competed clean during that time.

During early stages of his career, Klier was a teammate of riders like Jan Ullrich and the American Kevin Livingston. The German cyclist  turned professional in 1996 with Team Nürnberger and then raced with TVM (1999-2000), Team Telekom (2001–2008), Cervélo Test Team (2009–2010), and Garmin-Cervélo in 2011 and 2012. After announcing his retirement on May 13, 2013, Klier moved into a managerial role with his final professional team, Garmin-Sharp.

Andreas Klier revealed that the latter part of his 17-year long career was clean. Klier remarked he stopped what he was doing and started competing clean well before he ever joined Slipstream, but said he is proud to be a part of an organization that makes racing clean its only priority. He went on to add in his heart and mind he knows that telling the truth about his past to the proper authorities is the right thing to do to continue to help the sport he loves moving forward. Klier accepted responsibility for the mistakes he made in my past and the punishment that comes along with them. The ex-German rider also remarked he has seen both worlds of the sport and he believes that today it is in the best place its ever been. The ex-rider added the young riders racing now have never faced the same choices he did, and he will do everything he can for the rest of his life to help continue to help build the sport that he loves.

USADA revealed the ban on Klier started on August 12, 2013 and the ex-rider has been stripped of results gained since July 21, 2005. Travis Tygart, the CEO of USADA, remarked we are thankful for the assistance in this case provided by our international partners at the German National Anti-Doping Agency and appreciate Klier’s willingness to provide full and truthful testimony about the culture of drug use in cycling. Tygart added our investigation into the sport of cycling is ongoing, and we will continue to fight for the rights of all athletes who want to have the full truth revealed so that the sport can finally move forward toward a truly clean future.

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Monday 26, Aug 2013

Drug Testing Stepped Up In Turkey

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The governing body of Track and field has stepped up its drug-testing program in Turkey after many positive drug tests emerged. The International Association of Athletics Federations said it “intensified” its testing in the country after cases that may damage the bid of Istanbul for the 2020 Olympics.

The IAAF remarked the surge in testing measures was due to abnormal blood-profile results that have already resulted in high profile doping cases against some of the top athletes of the country. In a statement, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies the IAAF is aware of media speculation surrounding the recent anti-doping control tests, in and out of competition, of a number of Turkish athletes and the IAAF with the national anti-doping agency intensified the testing program in Turkey following concerns highlighted by abnormal biological passport values.

This statement was issued after Britain’s Daily Telegraph published a report on its website that a large number of athletes from the country tested positive before the Mediterranean Games in the Turkish city of Mersin. The newspaper revealed that the count of positive drug tests may run into dozens and its report disclosed failed tests on their “A” samples and were awaiting the results of the backup “B” samples. Under rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, a doping case is announced only after a “B” sample confirms the initial positive finding. The results “remain on-going in accordance with IAAF rules,” Davies said and added the world governing body cannot make any further comment until the proceedings are completed.

Turkey’s national Olympic committee, following the report, said it is taking this matter very seriously and urgently reviewing all alleged and any confirmed doping cases involving Turkish athletes. It was further maintained by the Turkish federation that the country has a “zero-tolerance policy” on doping and added any athletes found guilty of using banned substances will be punished to the full extent of Turkey’s comprehensive anti-doping legislation, other laws, and in accordance with international anti-doping practices.

In the past few months, Turkey has been hit with anti-government demonstrations in the country, the police crackdown on protesters, and many doping cases that have dealt a serious blow to the image of the country that is competing against Madrid and Tokyo for hosting the Olympics in 2020. The IOC will select the host city for the Olympics on September 7.

A few weeks back, eight Turkish track and field athletes, including 2004 Olympic hammer silver medalist Esref Apak, and eight weightlifters from Turkey tested positive for doping. In May this year, two-time European 100-meter hurdles champion Nevin Yanit and Olympic 1,500-meter champion Asli Cakir Alptekin were charged with doping violations. This was after Yanit had “multiple positive findings” and Alptekin had abnormal blood values in her biological profile, according to the IAAF. The Turkish Athletics Federation (TAF) recently gave suspensions of two years to 31 athletes for drug violations. The list of those suspended included hammer thrower Esref Apak, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist. On its website, the federation said the files of Asli Cakir Alptekin, Nevin Yanit, and Pinar Saka were not assessed because the process of investigation following their defense statements is continuing.

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Saturday 24, Aug 2013

Alex Rodriguez Came To Conte For Legal Supplements

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BALCO founder Victor Conte has told the New York Daily News that he met in 2012 with New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez about legal performance enhancement.

The Daily News revealed that A-Rod made an attempt to get ex-NFL player Bill Romanowski to arrange a meeting with the BALCO founder in Los Angeles or New York. Initially, Conte declined but Rodriguez and Romanowski showed up uninvited at Conte’s office in San Marcos, California, in May 2012. The newspaper quotes Conte as saying he flushed it out with Romanowski before they ever showed up at the office and he clearly told Romanowski it (anything he could do for Rodriguez) was about legal performance enhancement.

Conte disclosed he met with MLB’s department of investigations for two hours some weeks ago. In the past, the company owned by Conte, Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative was accused of supplying a number of world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs and Conte was sent to prison in 2005 for his role in the scandal. Victor Conte now runs Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.

Conte said he was eager to meet with Major League Baseball officials because he wanted to answer their questions about Alex Rodriguez. The BALCO founder remarked he also wanted to give his input and have them take it back to MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. He went on to remark that he was keen to shares his ideas about improving the drug program of MLB and was waiting for this opportunity for a long time.

Alex Rodriguez, the American baseball third baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB), is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs. He recently received a suspension of 211 games for his ties with Biogenesis, a Miami anti-aging clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Conte remarked A-Rod referred to Bosch as “his nutrition guy.”

In another development, the New York Yankees has hand-delivered a letter to A-Rod written by general manager Brian Cashman. The letter reprimanded Rodriguez for his recent actions surrounding his rehab assignment, including seeking a second medical opinion with Dr. Michael Gross without giving a prior notice to the team. It also reprimanded Rodriguez for his failure to show up to a July 12 game after meeting with MLB officials regarding the Biogenesis investigation. The team has also fined him $153,846, equivalent to one day’s pay under Rodriguez’s contract, which calls for him to earn $28 million for 2013.

The team also fined Francisco Cervelli for his failure to appear for treatment for his injured hand and elbow. He was fined $2,831, a day’s pay out of the $515,350 he currently makes. The baseball slugger remarked he felt “too stressed out” to report to the facility of Yankees in Tampa after he learned of his suspension. The Italo-Venezuelan professional baseball player accepted 50-game suspensions from MLB after his name emerged among those discovered in the records of Biogenesis when the list was published by the Miami New Times.

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Thursday 22, Aug 2013

Hamilton Praises O’Grady For Doping Confession

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Decorated veteran @Stuart O’Grady has come in praise from doping whistleblower Tyler Hamilton who said the Australian cyclist should be congratulated for coming clean about his dirty past.

Hamilton added a truth and reconciliation commission is needed in order to clear all skeletons from the sport’s bulging closet. The ex-teammate of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and himself a doper, Hamilton said he believed as few as five riders who raced in his first Tour de France in 1997 were clean. He added that we need more of the answers from the past and more people to speak up and we need more people like Stuart O’Grady to come forward.

The cyclist added there are a lot of skeletons inside the closet, and we haven’t heard enough. There should be some sort of truth and reconciliation program. Hamilton went on to add that there should be a process if a cyclist has already crossed the line where they can come forward and tell the truth and there’ll be little or no penalty and added it is the only way to get the sport heading in the right direction–not just for cycling, but for all sports.

Three days after his surprise retirement following his 17th Tour de France, Stuart O’Grady became the latest Australian cyclist to admit to doping. O’Grady confessed to using the banned blood booster EPO when preparing for the 1998 Tour de France. His confession came after he was named in a French Senate inquiry as one of 83 athletes who were found later to have returned positive tests or, in O’Grady’s case, ”suspicious” blood readings from that infamous race. The retired Australian professional road bicycle racer, who last rode for UCI ProTeam Orica-GreenEDGE, became only the second Australian to wear the race leader’s famous yellow jersey in 1998. The former track cyclist who won medals at three Olympics, including gold at the 2004 Athens Games was named in a French Senate inquiry into sports doping that looked at the 1998 Tour de France. The inquiry found the top three finishers, Italian Marco Pantani, Germany’s Jan Ullrich, and American Bobby Julich, were taking Erythropoietin (EPO).

The Australian cyclist may now runs the risk of being stripped of his Olympic medals after admitting to using performance enhancing drugs at the 1998 Tour. After his doping confession, Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) spokesman remarked it is sad and O’Grady won’t be remembered as a fantastic competitor that we all thought he was and instead he’ll be remembered as an athlete who succumbed to the temptation of drugs in sport just to get an edge on his fellow riders. Tancred added in regard to his medals, it’s a matter for the international federation, so the UCI (International Cycling Union) will consider the medals and they will then make some recommendation to the IOC (International Olympic Commission). In a statement, AOC president John Coates said members of our London Olympic team are entitled to be angry knowing they had supported an athlete who had cheated. The AOC had already called on the cyclist to step down from its Athletes’ Commission, a 10-member advisory body comprised of respected athletes.

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Tuesday 20, Aug 2013

Redskins Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins Suspended

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Redskins Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins Suspended

Jarvis Jenkins has become the eighth Washington Redskins player to receive an NFL drugs-related suspension in 22 months. The Redskins defensive end was sanctioned for four games without pay for testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug.

Jenkins appealed the suspension imposed on him after he was informed that he had tested positive for a drug used by athletes in connection with steroids and used by women for breast cancer. His appeal was ruled out by the league. After the suspension news broke out, Chris Baker and Kedric Golston emerged as the leading candidates to start while Jenkins is away. Jenkins is however allowed to practice during training camp and can play in pre-season games. He will miss games against the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Oakland Raiders. Jenkins, during the suspension of four games, will forfeit $167,009 of his $709,789 base salary this season. His troubles may increase in case the Redskins seek repayment of $116,371 of the $1.978 signing bonus Jenkins received in 2011. Jenkins will be eligible to return to the active roster on September 30, following the Week 4 game against the Oakland Raiders, and will miss the first four games of the regular season.

The NFL star, who was on the practice field at training camp working with the first-string unit when the suspension was announced, later issued a statement saying he was confused and shocked to learn that he had tested positive for what he called “an obscure substance.” Jenkins later on addressed reporters following the practice and apologized to the team, fans, and his parents. He added that it was a simple mistake and he is accepting his responsibilities like a man. He added that the support from teammates was appreciated and would serve as motivation for him during his time away from the facilities.

Jarvis Jenkins further added that he used to take pre-workout and recovery supplements and took an over-the-counter supplement that didn’t have the “NSF (National Science Foundation certification)” label, a label that certifies that the supplement has been certified as acceptable under an agreement between the league and players’ union. He however remarked that he did make a point to check the ingredients of the supplement, but he learned that was not a fail-safe method. Jenkins also remarked that his team did a good job of educating players about the drug policies of NFL but the results are debatable. In 2011, left tackle Trent Williams, tight end Fred Davis, and cornerback Phillip Buchanon served four-game sanctions while linebacker Rob Jackson is suspended for the first four games this year while safety Tanard Jackson is serving an indefinite suspension and expected to be reinstated this year.

Team coach Mike Shanahan, acknowledging the trouble, said we have emphasized it, but may be not enough. He added that hopefully our players will learn that without the label of NSF, you can’t take any supplements, because you never know what’s going to be in the supplements. Shanahan added that we’ll pay the price for it and hopefully our players will learn from it.

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Sunday 18, Aug 2013

Australian Javelin Champion Banned For Missing Tests

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Australian Javelin Champion Banned For Missing Tests

Australian javelin champion Jarrod Bannister has been banned for a period of 20 months after he missed three tests within 18 months, which is treated the same as a positive test. This penalty means the javelin champion will be unable to defend his gold at next year’s Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

The 28-year-old Bannister, who won the gold medal at New Delhi in 2010 and was sixth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said on his Facebook page on Friday that he has been banned until February 18, 2015. The javelin thrower blamed poor communication with Athletics Australia as a factor behind the circumstances leading to a breach of the Athlete Whereabouts program, which requires drug agencies to be made aware of the movements of athletes at all times.

The Australian athlete said within the court reasons, it was found that there was no deliberate action by myself to avoid being tested. He went on to remark that he would encourage other athletes, especially Australian athletes, to be vigilant when dealing with Athletics Australia and ASADA. The javelin thrower also suggested that he took “lightly” the anti-drug code and had relied on verbal rather than written correspondence with Athletics Australia. He added that he would encourage all athletes, parents, family, and Athletic Governing bodies to read the 22 July 2013 Judgment which can be found on the ASADA website and said he hope that what has happened to me does not happen to any other athlete.

The finding was handed down by arbitrator Alan Sullivan, SC, called on Athletics Australia, Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), and the World Anti-Doping Agency to review their operations and procedures.

Meanwhile, Athletics Australia released a statement saying that we disappointed that Jarrod did not meet his obligations as one of our top performing athletes and this case demonstrates the need for all athletes to be diligent and responsible. It also suggested that part of this is that it is the individual athlete’s responsibility to notify the World Anti-Doping Agency of all international travel arrangements and precise accommodation arrangements. The statement said we acknowledge this can be challenging once the athlete is already overseas and perhaps we need to look at how we can do a little more to assist the athletes in those circumstances to fulfill their requirements and added Athletics Australia will reinforce to its athletes the message that this decision brings and at the same time provide additional education and assistance in order to maximize compliance with the sport’s strict and wide ranging anti-doping policy.

Under the guidance of the legendary Uwe Hohn, Bannister soared from his sixth place in the javelin at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, to gain a first national senior title, selection for the Osaka World Championships. With his performance, Jarrod Bannister got into Olympic medal calculations by hurling the javelin 89.02m to win the Australian title in February. Following a funding breach, Bannister was banned from receiving support from any of the Australian institutes of sport in a separate incident in late 2011.

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Friday 16, Aug 2013

Blood Doping Tests Introduced By Bundesliga

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Blood Doping Tests Introduced By Bundesliga

In an effort to step up their fight against doping in football, the German Football League (DFL) and the German Football Association (DFB) have decided that football professionals will face blood tests after Bundesliga games.

According to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking, the Bundesliga is one of the top national leagues, currently ranked 3rd in Europe. This professional association football league in Germany is contested by 18 teams and all of the Bundesliga clubs qualify for the DFB-Pokal while the winner of the Bundesliga qualifies for the DFL-Supercup. In this number one football league in the world in terms of average attendance, FC Bayern Munich has won the Bundesliga 22 times. Founded in 1962 in Dortmund, the turnover of the league in the 200-10 season was €1.7bn, broken down into match-day revenue (€424m), sponsorship receipts (€573m) and broadcast income (€594m). The Bundesliga out of Europe’s five major football leagues (Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1) has the lowest ticket prices and the highest average attendance.

The blood doping tests will be introduced by the German Football League when the league kicks off on August 9. Rainer Koch, the chairman of DFB’s anti-doping commission, said, the agreement with Nationale Anti Doping Agentur (NADA) is about to be finalized. German Football Federation (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach said it is the right signal that even before we have results that we are implementing blood controls starting in the new season. League chief executive Andreas Rettig said we want to open ourselves up and carry out tougher controls even though we don’t have any indications that they are necessary. Reinhard Rauball, the president of the German football league, remarked Bundesliga players will undergo blood tests for the first time this season although no exact starting date has been agreed.

These efforts are seen by many as a positive step after the recent publication of a report pointing to government-sanctioned doping by athletes in the former West Germany. However, German Football Federation president Wolfgang Niersbach remarked that the Bundesliga decision to do blood doping tests was made before the study was published and the German Football League managing director Andreas Rettig saying that Bundesliga wants ‘stricter controls’ although it has ‘no indication’ of doping.

The study revealed a letter from a FIFA medical officer from the 1960s saying a West German athletics official reported that three players had traces of ephedrine, a banned stimulant, after the World Cup final in 1966. However, the doping claims have been vehemently denied by star players from that era, including the West German 1966 captain. Uwe Seeler said he thinks nothing of doping and added he didn’t doped and he didn’t know anybody who did.

In the past, Manfred Höppner, head of the East German sports medicine department, levied allegations against the Dynamo Berlin and 1. FC Lok Leipzig of doping. At that time, Höppner remarked a test revealed high traces of Amphetamine and Methamphetamine in thirteen of nineteen Dynamo players, administered only 2–3 days before, when both teams traveled abroad for European Cup matches in October 1983.

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Wednesday 14, Aug 2013

Doping Revelations Won’t Hurt My Chances, Says Bach

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Doping Revelations Won’t Hurt My Chances, Says Bach

IOC vice-president Thomas Bach believes the revelations of a government-backed doping program in West Germany in the 1970s will have no impact on his chances to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee.

Bach, who heads the national Olympic body of Germany, remarked he was personally behind the study that was published recently and disclosed a culture of doping among West German athletes for decades. The IOC presidential candidate said his IOC colleagues know that he himself initiated the study and they have known his zero-tolerance policy on doping since decades, especially as chairman of various disciplinary commissions and this is the reason why he doesn’t fear consequences for the election.

The President of Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, the German National Olympic Committee, also remarked that Wrestling, axed from the 2020 Olympic program by the IOC, has a good chance of coming back after making sweeping changes. Bach said he has the impression that the international federation (FILA) has understood very well the messages sent to them and said he personally believes that wrestling has good chances to come through the vote in September.

A gold medal fencer in the 1970s, Bach is the favorite among the six candidates to succeed Rogge in the September 10 election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and other contenders are Sergei Bubka of Ukraine, Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, Denis Oswald of Switzerland, Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, and C.K. Wu of Taiwan. Bach is hoping his credentials as an Olympic champion and IOC veteran would inspire confidence in his candidacy and said he is looking forward to the vote and as a sportsman he naturally wants to win the competition. The affable man has been an IOC member since 1991 and has the distinction of chairing the IOC juridical and anti-doping commissions besides negotiating broadcasting rights. He also recently headed Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Bach’s remarks came after former long jumper Heidi Schueller said in an interview that Thomas Bach must have known more than he’s acknowledging now. Heidi was the first female athlete to give the Olympic oath, at the 1972 Games in Munich.

Bach recently remarked that he and his fencing teammates had heard “bits and pieces” about doping but they had always been clean. He went on to remark that he had favored a “zero tolerance” policy against doping and lifetime bans for offenders, even as an athlete. Bach went on to add that an independent commission had been set up for evaluating the report and making recommendations.

Clemens Prokop, president of the German athletics federation, said we have to call a spade a spade and remarked that was the only way to remove West German athletes from blanket doping suspicion.

In another development, an anti-doping law was called for by Bavarian justice minister Beate Merk who said sports federations were unable to systematically clear up and punish doping. He added that we have to act, we have to uncover, not cover up and we need an anti-doping law worthy of its name.

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Monday 12, Aug 2013

Report Into Doping By West Germany Athletes Released

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Report Into Doping By West Germany Athletes Released

The interior ministry of Germany has published details from a report that revealed the extent to which the government of West Germany backed the doping of athletes in the 1970s.

The move came under swift criticism from the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung that first published details of the document. The newspaper said the report on doping had been significantly cut from more than 800 pages and the new version of six documents excluded a number of eyewitness accounts as well as the names of influential politicians. Publication of the report, Doping in Germany from 1950 to Today, was held back due to data protection concerns.

Now, the interior ministry of Germany has suggested that the documents under the heading of the project were put online. It was also revealed by the ministry that the purpose of the research was to take an in-depth look at the history of doping and not to look into individual incidences or expose doping scandals of uncover statutory offences.

Recently, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that doping of West German athletes during the 1970s was conducted over a period of decades and was state funded. The newspaper disclosed that athletes were doped with anabolic steroids, testosterone, and estrogen and doping research was facilitated with the Federal institute of sport science investing almost £4.5m in medicine research facilities in Freiburg, Cologne, and Saarbrücken.

This report on doping was carried out by researchers at Humboldt University in Berlin and the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster. It detailed doping of football players and the list included three members of the 1966 West Germany World Cup final team who lost to England at Wembley. The newspaper also provided reference of a letter from FIFA official Mihailo Andrejevic who informed the German Athletic Association president, Max Danz, about the “fine traces” of the banned stimulant ephedrine discovered.

It should not be a surprise to people that West German athletes were doped, Andreas Singler, a sports scientist and member of the Evaluation Commission of Freiburg Sport Medicine, whose research was cited as part of the report. Singler added it has been well-known for a long time though he disputed that the government of the time was responsible. He added that it supported the research about the effects and side effects of the drugs but that doesn’t mean it was necessarily with the aim of doing doping and remarked that he thinks the misuse potential was very high and there was a hope from some in the government, not from the ministry itself, but the specialists for sports issues. Andreas Singler also said he thinks they perhaps expected conditions that made it possible to have a chance to win, not only against the East Germans, but also the United States.

Clemens Prokop, head of Germany’s athletics federation, said we need a doping law and need to extend the statute of limitation for sanctions against doping offenders past the current eight years. Carlo Thraenhardt, the former European indoor high-jump champion who competed for West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, said of the report that he is surprised and frustrated because you want to fight doping.

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