Anger over dope dupe
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A German report into the country's use of banned substances since 1950 has triggered a storm and renewed calls for a national anti-doping law.
The report highlights systematic experimenting with doping across many sports over decades, resembling partly, the state-run doping programme in East Germany during the Cold War.
"We need a doping law in this country," Clemens Prokop, head of the country's athletics federation, told reporters on Tuesday. "We also need to extend the statute of limitation (for sanctions) against doping offenders past the current eight years."
The report, commissioned by the Federal Institute for Sports Science at the request of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), was published under pressure on Monday following a media leak on the weekend after it had been kept under wraps for months.
The report, conducted by the Humboldt University and the University of Muenster, also raises questions about whether some German footballers were taking drugs at the 1966 World Cup in England as, citing a FIFA document from the same year, three players showed traces of ephedrine. It is used as a decongestant but is also a stimulant.
The report was completed in April but its content had previously not been made public. It includes details of how by the 1970s at the latest, West Germany was actively involved in experimenting with performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, testosterone, amphetamines and EPO, financed by taxpayers.
Substances seen as boosting performances were then deployed in many sports, it said. A controversial injection distributed widely to West German athletes during the 1976 Olympic Games provided the first modern German doping affair.
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Names are not included in the version made public on Monday, something many people, including athletes, officials and politicians, objected to.
"Names have to taken. These are documents of our times and they have to be publicly accessible," Prokop said. "The public demands full information."
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