East German doping victims to get further compensation

Former East German athlete and president of the Association for Victims of Doping Ines Geipel, pictured on December 2, 2005, welcomed the compensation packageFormer athletes who were victims of East Germany’s systematic doping programme will share a €10.5 million ($11.7m) compensation package planned by the government, who also want the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) to contribute. “We hope that the Bundestag (lower house of the German parliament) will approve the provision of €10.5m in the budget so that the money can be paid to victims in 2016,” Ole Schroeder, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Interior Ministry told public radio station Deutschlandfunk, on the day Germany celebrated 25 years since its reunification.

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