Calls mount for German anti-doping law

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17 July 2006, HAMBURG - Athletics federation (DLV) supremo Clemens Prokop on Sunday was the latest German sports official who urged Interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to introduce a state anti-doping law to combat substance abuse. "We call on the interior minister to not only talk but also act in order to allow a more efficient fight against doping," Prokop said. Germany has a general medication law which many sports officials believe is not strict enough to fight doping. Countries like Spain, France, Be

17 July 2006

HAMBURG - Athletics federation (DLV) supremo Clemens Prokop on Sunday was the latest German sports official who urged Interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble to introduce a state anti-doping law to combat substance abuse.

"We call on the interior minister to not only talk but also act in order to allow a more efficient fight against doping," Prokop said.

Germany has a general medication law which many sports officials believe is not strict enough to fight doping. Countries like Spain, France, Belgium and Italy have anti-doping laws in which athletes, coaches, officials and doctors can be punished.

Prokop's statements came in the wake of a Spanish doping probe in which 58 cyclists led by German Jan Ullrich, a former Tour de France winner, have been implicated.

Cycling federation (BDR) president Rudolf Scharping, a former German defence minister, has also asked the state for support.

"The recent events have shown that we need the help of the justice system. I believe that interior minister Schaeuble is now ready for it," Scharping said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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