Last payments to East German dope victims
12 September 2005, BERLIN - The compensation payments for victims of the doping policy of the former German Democratic Republic has been completed German officials said on Monday.
12 September 2005
BERLIN - The compensation payments for victims of the doping policy of the former German Democratic Republic has been completed German officials said on Monday.
All 193 recognised victims of the doping programme received some 10,400 euros. 108 applicants were turned down, while two withdrew their application.
The German parliament passed a law to allow compensation for doping victims three years ago.
"The support from the doping fund is an attempt to offer a small bit of compensation to victims. We did this for humanitarian and social reasons," German Interior Minister Otto Schily said.
He added: "Many sportsmen and women in the former East Germany suffered serious physical ailments through the official doping policy of the country. It is hardly possible to compensate them for their emotional and physical suffering."
Subject: German news