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  • German Doping Scandal

    The world is waiting for an explanation on reports of doping that goes as far back as 1950. The athletes, doctors and politicians cannot expect privacy if they were involved.



    The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper publicized details from the unpublished 800-page report titled "Doping in Germany from 1950 to today" on Saturday, revealing the extent to which West German politicians were allegedly willing to promote drug use among athletes to ensure international success. The report was put together by researchers at Berlin's Humboldt University on behalf of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, with Giselher Spitzer as the project leader. It was completed in April, but has yet to be published because of privacy concerns and legal issues over naming athletes, doctors and politicians.

    The report claims that for years the state financed experiments with performance-enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids, testosterone, estrogen or the blood-doping agent EPO. It did not state when the experiments ended.
    It also states that an unspecified number of footballers in the 1954 World Cup-winning team received injections of the methamphetamine Pervitin, commonly known today as speed, according to the newspaper.
    The authors say West German doping did not evolve as a response to East Germany's systematic doping under the Communist government, but rather that it operated parallel to it.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...mpics/2615323/
    "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

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    I thought that "It also states that an unspecified number of footballers in the 1954 World Cup-winning team received injections of the methamphetamine Pervitin, commonly known today as speed, according to the newspaper" was quite common knowledge as was Franz Beckenbauers blood doping but the scale of this drug cheating comes as a surprise.

    I hope people pay for this.

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    • #3
      They just wanted to keep up with the Jones' (East Germans).

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      • #4
        It just so happens that Thomas Bach is hoping to become the next president of the IOC. He has stated his chances are very good, even with the doping revelation.
        "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

        "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ~ Bruce Lee

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