Tough doping rules worries Germany

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8 December 2003 , DUESSELFORF - Sports officials and doping experts in Germany reacted with concern on Monday to the decision of the United States athletics federation, USATF, to ban first-time offenders for steroid doping for life. "I don't consider it very trustworthy when a country which has done nothing on the issue for years cones up with something like this," said Helmut Digel, a German vice-president of the world athletics federation IAAF. "I rather prefer rules which can be used in all countries."

8 December 2003

DUESSELFORF - Sports officials and doping experts in Germany reacted with concern on Monday to the decision of the United States athletics federation, USATF, to ban first-time offenders for steroid doping for life.

"I don't consider it very trustworthy when a country which has done nothing on the issue for years cones up with something like this," said Helmut Digel, a German vice-president of the world athletics federation IAAF.

"I rather prefer rules which can be used in all countries."

The USATF agreed to the new harsh rule last weekend in the wake of alleged multiple doping offences with the designer steroid tetrahydrogestrinone (THG).

The IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) impose two-year bans on first-time offenders.

"It is clear that a ban for life could not stand up in any court in Germany," said Digel.

Digel referred to the case of former sprint world champion Katrin Krabbe, where the IAAF was ordered by a German court to pay compensation for extending a one-year doping ban by two additional years.

Digel's concerns were shared by Ulrich Haas, who works in a European Union commission on doping, while German athletics chief Clemens Prokop named the USATF decision "grotesque".

DPA
Subject: German news

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