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Report: West Germany cultivated culture of doping

August 5, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — West Germany’s government tolerated and covered up a culture of doping among its athletes for decades, even going so far as to encourage it from the 1970s, according to a comprehensive study that was released Monday.

Published by the Federal Institute of Sport Science (BISp) after some details were disclosed in a newspaper article over the weekend, the 501-page report titled “Doping in Germany from 1950 to today” accuses the institute of having held the central role in a government-backed attempt to dope athletes for international success.

The report states that the BISp, which was formed under jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry in 1970, attempted to establish “systemic doping under the guise of basic research.”

While West German government control over sport was not comparable to that in East Germany, the authors of the report state: “The participation of many national coaches, sports doctors and officials was in a manner conspicuously similar to the systematic doping system of the GDR.”

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