German soccer was criticized for its stonewalling tactics, and federal interior minister hans-peter friedrich and DOSB president thomas bach were even accused of obstruction and confusion.
The day after the publication of the final report on doping practices in the federal republic of germany, discussions about consequences became increasingly heated. Calls for name recognition, an anti-doping law and criminal clarification have been voiced. The german soccer federation was forced to reject renewed allegations of ephedrine doping by national players at the 1966 world cup.
The announcement by the german olympic sports federation that it will set up an independent commission chaired by ex-federal constitutional judge udo steiner buys friedrich and bach time for now. Recommendations by the steiner group are not expected before 2014. So friedrich can concentrate on the federal election – and bach on the final spurt in the six-way battle for the IOC throne. Bach does not expect any negative consequences: "my IOC colleagues know that I initiated the study myself. You have been aware of my zero-tolerance policy against doping for decades, especially as chairman of the various disciplinary commissions. I therefore do not fear any consequences for the election campaign."
Politics and sport have to put up with many questions. Who were the profiteers of state-tolerated and tax-funded doping in the federal republic, who were the victims?? Who are the people still in office today and where?? What is missing from the final report? According to dpa information, it is several hundred pages shorter and contains fewer names than the interim report of the study "doping in germany from 1950 to today," which was completed in march 2012.
"The horse and the rider must be named," demanded clemens prokop, president of the german athletics federation, in munich on tuesday, and called for the publication of the withheld long version of the study. This is the only way to dispel the "general suspicion" that has now arisen against federal athletes.
The study, which was kept under wraps for a long time, made it clear that the history of doping in the federal republic of germany had already begun in 1949. It must be examined "whether federal german coaches or officials must be held accountable for doping offences in the past," says former gymnastics world champion eberhard gienger, DOSB vice president for competitive sports until 2010. It was essential to take into account the legal texts of the time. "Many things that are banned today were still permitted in the 1970s."
Ephedrine was already on the list of banned substances more than 40 years ago. According to the study, the stimulant also played a role in the german world championship team in 1966. A letter from former FIFA functionary mihailo andrejevic proves "that three german soccer players were found to have ‘fine traces’ of ephedrine at the end of the tournament". According to the research project of the humboldt university in berlin, which investigated west german doping practices together with the westphalian university in munster, this was a "doping offense under sports law", as demanded by the federal institute for sports science (bisp).
Uwe seeler, the captain of the world cup team at the time, rejected the accusations. "I don’t believe in doping at all. I haven’t doped either, and I don’t know anyone who has," said the 76-year-old hamburg native on tuesday at the celebration of his 50th birthday. Birthday of the fubball bundesliga in berlin. "I hear that too. If you do, you have to name the people who did it," seeler demanded.
FIFA, the world governing body, conducted doping tests for the first time at a final round of the 1966 world cup. At the time, FIFA had "not convicted or suspended any of the players mentioned for doping," emphasized DFB vice president rainer koch. He contradicted the presentation of the scientists from munster that the DFB had only granted access to the archives under "ultimately unacceptable conditions". The DFB had "suddenly made demands" on the project through legal counsel that contradicted the scientific standard and violated the contract with the project client bisp, the researchers from berlin also complained. As a result, a visit to the DFB archive did not come about.
DFB, on the other hand, has given the green light twice, said koch. "The archive was open to researchers. The claim that we had refused the request is therefore false," said koch, but of course the disclosure had been linked to applicable data protection requirements.
Although many old facts were repeated in the report, the findings leave little room for interpretation: extensive research into the effects of blood doping since the beginning of the 1980s, tests on cyclists and field hockey players with the calf blood agent actovegin – even the renowned doping investigator manfred donike came under suspicion. The deceased, former head of the koln institute for biochemistry is said to have been consulted during security checks on the german team before the 1984 olympics.
Doping expert werner franke advocates criminal prosecution of west german doping program. As with the trials of those responsible for the GDR doping program, those behind it in west germany also had to stand trial for bodily harm. "Why was something punished for GDR offenders, but not for west or all-german offenders?" He asked on northwest radio. Bavaria’s justice minister beate merk (CSU) reiterated her call for a comprehensive anti-doping law. It is time to create "a criminal doping law worthy of the name".
DLV boss prokop expressed surprise that doping had been going on not only in athletics but also in soccer, rowing and other sports since the end of the 1940s: "what shocked me was that research was obviously being carried out with state funds. And that many people in charge of sports obviously knew about it."The chairwoman of the sports committee in the bundestag, dagmar freitag. Scolded in hr-info that the published minimal version of the report raises more questions than it answers. Presumably interesting names had been blacked out. She thinks it is absurd that data protection reasons are being officially cited. "This argumentation was not adopted in the processing of the stasi documents," said the SPD politician. Thomas oppermann, parliamentary leader of the SPD parliamentary group, condemned friedrich’s role: "minister friedrich is preventing clarification and trying to cover up the truth about state-sponsored doping."
Meanwhile, former top athlete heidi schuller has made accusations against bach. "Thomas bach must have known more than he now admits. He can read, too," schuller told the munich newspaper tz. "But if you want to become IOC president, it’s better to keep quiet."The former long jumper schuller had taken the olympic oath at the 1972 games in munich. Bach to be announced on 10. The polls show obama as the clear favorite to become the ninth president of the international olympic committee (ioc) in buenos aires on september.