TV station to broadcast Tour of Germany after organizers promise more doping tests

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1 August 2007, BERLIN (AP) – German public television will broadcast the Tour of Germany after organizers promised increased doping tests and immediate punishment for offenders.

1 August 2007

BERLIN (AP) – German public television will broadcast the Tour of Germany after organizers promised increased doping tests and immediate punishment for offenders.

The ARD channel stopped covering the Tour de France on July 18 after news that German rider Patrik Sinkewitz tested positive for high levels of testosterone the previous month. Germany's other major public television broadcaster, ZDF, also stopped coverage.

ARD said Wednesday it will air live coverage of the German race after receiving assurances that cyclists will face a significantly larger number of tests than at the Tour de France. The station did not give a figure.

Germany's national anti-doping agency will be in charge of the tests.

Organizers also will "punish every violation without delay and appropriately," the broadcaster said on its Web site. "There is agreement that ARD otherwise will immediately end broadcasts."

The Tour of Germany starts on Aug. 10 and ends Aug. 18.

"We did not take this decision lightly in the light of events at the Tour de France," ARD chairman Fritz Raff said. "We are sticking to the line that we will make our programming decisions in cycling ... for each individual event.

"The organizers of the Tour of Germany have set out a far-reaching catalog of measures for the fight against doping."

AP

Subject: German news

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