ARD mulls return to Tour de France broadcast

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ARD mulls return to Tour de France broadcast
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German state broadcasters ARD are considering screening stages of the Tour de France again after refused to show live coverage since 2012 due to doping scandals in cycling.


A decision will be taken at the end of the year, ARD chairman Lutz Marmor said on Wednesday at a press conference in Hanover.

Two years ago, both main German broadcasters ARD and ZDF pulled the plug on screening the world's top cycling race in Germany after repeated doping scandals rocked the sport.

But ARD's programme director Volker Herre says they feel the sport has made significant progress in the fight against doping in recent years.

"We are not making ourselve to be the judges of sport and cycling remains an attractive sport," Herre said. 

He also annouced that should the event find itself again gracing German televisions with a live feed, the broadcaster would also be focussing on the damage doping has done to the sport. 


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