A report into doping in German sport between 1950 and the present day is to be published after the subject gained an increased level of interest over the weekend.
Excerpts from the findings of a Berlin Humboldt University investigation have been leaked by various German media outlets and pressure to publish the entire report has mounted.
The German government today agreed to make the report, which discusses the use of doping in various sports with not only the consent but also the financial support of the state, accessible to the public.
It will be published later today on the website of the Federal Institute for Sports Science (BISp), to the satisfaction of Dagmar Freitag, who heads the government’s sports committee.
“I had already written to the Interior Ministry (BMI) asking precisely for this,” she told the SID agency.
“It has been said for months that this study could not be published due to data protection reasons, then all of a sudden, things turned completely over the weekend.
“This can really only be down to the public clamour. This and the wider discussion have certainly led to this blockade being lifted by the BMI and BISp.”
The 800-page report reveals the extent of doping and doping experimentation in the then West Germany over decades.
According to an article published in the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper at the weekend, and based on the unpublished report, taxpayers’ money was spent on financing the research of performance-enhancing products and substances.
According to the national newspaper, one such drug – the Kolbe injection, named after rower Peter-Michael Kolbe – was administered 1,200 times to West German athletes at the 1976 Olympic Games.
The report was completed in April of this year, but an argument has raged as to whether its content should ever be published.