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German cycling official resigns in protest of inadequate anti-doping policy

German cycling official resigns in protest of inadequate anti-doping policy

The vice president of the German cycling union has stepped down in protest over what he called the body's inadequate anti-doping policy.
In resigning Thursday, Dieter Kuehnle also sharply criticized Rudolf Scharping, the president of the federation, BDR.
"I cannot honestly back the general direction taken by Scharping," Kuehnle said. "The leadership of the federation has failed to recognize the seriousness of the situation and to set a strong signal for a new beginning."
Kuehnle's move was triggered by the BDR's decision Wednesday to include Erik Zabel in Germany's team for next month's road world championships despite his doping admission.
Zabel said in May that he had taken the blood booster EPO during the first week of the 1996 Tour de France but said he had never used performance-enhancing drugs again.


Updated : 2021-09-20 08:17 GMT+08:00