Forgotten ex-East German Athletes Ruined by Unwitting Doping

A quarter of a century after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the athletes hurt by the former state's doping programme have largely been abandoned.

Updated: November 07, 2014 10:15 IST
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Representational photo: A man walks next to original pieces of the Berlin Wall at the Berlin Square in Guatemala City, on November 6, 2014. Germany commemorates next November 9, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a potent symbol of the Cold War.


Berlin: Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany's leaders have failed hundreds of ex-athletes whose health was ruined by former East Germany's doping programme, says an ex-sprinter trying to help them.

Ines Geipel is president of the Berlin-based Help for Victims of Doping (DOH), which offers support to former athletes now suffering from failing health due to the steroids they unknowingly took while competing for the East German state.

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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