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Cyclist admits doping, says doctors helped
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Cyclist admits doping, says doctors helped

Published: 29 Mar 2013 16:42 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Mar 2013 16:42 GMT+01:00

The Olympic Council of Germany and the German Cycling Federation have welcomed professional cyclist Stefan Schumacher’s admission to doping and have called upon him to go into more detail about the practice.

The 31-year-old "could have spared himself, but also the sport, a lot if he had told the truth earlier," said Michael Vesper, managing director of the Olympic Confederation and Rudolf Scharping, president of the German Cycling Federation in a joint statement. But, they continued, the admission came "early enough to carry weight in the battle against doping."

Schumacher confessed to the systematic use of performance-enhancing substances over many years in an interview with Der Spiegel news magazine, and claimed doping took place with the support of doctors. He also vowed to share his knowledge with anti-doping organisations.

Vesper and Scharping said they believed Schumacher’s admission meant those facilitating doping would now be exposed and punished. They called upon other athletes involved to follow suit.

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03:01 March 30, 2013 by RainerL
This is not Sport. This is cheating. Plain and simple . If I play Poker and I am cheated out of a lot of Money then I be pretty upset about the other persons dishonesty and trying to rip me off. No different to Cycling or any other sport. Now you tell me. What should be more important? Greed and Ego trips or integrity in Sport. If you loose the obove then no one will have confidence in any Sport no more and interest will dwindle.
11:52 March 31, 2013 by raandy
Cheating it is and it degrades the sport.

The problem in pro sports where millions in endorsements are waiting for the winner is that you could not with out enhancing drugs because everyone is using them.Hopefully with the admissions of Lance A and Schumacher , Nolan and others they can come up with a better method of drug testing. This problem in professional sports is pandemic.
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