Adi­das cuts cash for Ger­many’s anti-dop­ing body

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Ger­many’s Na­tional An­tiDop­ing Agency (NADA) suf­fered a blow yes­ter­day with Adi­das an­nounc­ing it will cut 300,000 eu­ros ($326,655) of fund­ing by the end of the year.

“We have al­ready in­formed the Na­tional Anti-Dop­ing Agency that in the spring, we will no longer pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port be­yond our ex­ist­ing con­tract, which runs out at the end of 2016,” Adi­das’ spokesman Oliver Brueggen told SID, an AFP sub­sidiary.

“We would like to re­main con­nected to NADA and are there­fore cur­rently in talks about al­ter­na­tive forms of co-op­er­a­tion. “Of course, Adi­das will con­tinue to main­tain a clear stance in the fight against dop­ing. “In all con­tracts with our ath­letes, it’s made clear we will ter­mi­nate the con­trac­tual re­la­tion­ship im­me­di­ately in the event of a proven dop­ing of­fence.”

But the loss of sports­wear gi­ants Adi­das-NADA’s only spon­sor from Ger­many’s in­dus­try-is clearly a blow for the coun­try’s anti-dop­ing body.

“We are very sorry that we will lose one of our main part­ners in all prob­a­bil­ity,” NADA’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lars Mort­siefer told Ger­man daily Bild. Nei­ther Brueggen nor Mort­siefer gave a clear rea­son why Adi­das are with­draw­ing the fund­ing, which will im­pact NADA’s work. “It’s a sum which some ath­letes can earn in a few weeks or months,” said Mort­siefer. “It’s very dis­ap­point­ing, that the num­ber of sup­port­ers of our work is drop­ping. “We used the 300,000 eu­ros from Adi­das for our com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing, for ex­am­ple, in our cam­paign ‘Give ev­ery­thing, take noth­ing’, a large part of that will be af­fected.

“How­ever, our preven­tion work and test­ing for drugs will not be af­fected at the mo­ment.”

At a time when the fight against dop­ing is reg­u­larly in the head­lines, the with­drawn spon­sor­ship of a global brand like Adi­das has raised eye­brows here.

“Ob­vi­ously, sport and busi­ness are of the opin­ion that the financing of NADA is largely a mat­ter for the state,” politi­cian Dag­mar Fre­itag, chair­man of the Bun­destag’s sports com­mit­tee, told Bild.

“But when the ques­tion arises of NADA’s foun­da­tion model, it can now be safely dis­missed as a fail­ure.” But Sylvia Schenk, the ex-pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Cy­cling Fed­er­a­tion and leader of the sports work group at Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional, says re­cent ev­i­dence of mass dop­ing in coun­tries like Rus­sia prove ef­forts to catch those dop­ing are not fool­proof. “Ob­vi­ously, the busi­ness world is not con­vinced by the con­cept of anti-dop­ing con­trols. Events this sum­mer have shown that the test­ing sys­tems do not work,” said Schenk.

“Now the sports fed­er­a­tions them­selves and pol­i­tics are also be­ing asked about this.” — AFP

LON­DON: This is a Satur­day, Feb 12, 2011 file photo of Eng­land’s Chris Ash­ton as he scores the open­ing try against Italy dur­ing their Six Na­tions in­ter­na­tional rugby union match at Twick­en­ham sta­dium, Lon­don. Chris Ash­ton may have brought an end to his Eng­land ca­reer af­ter agree­ing to move to French gi­ant Toulon from Sara­cens. Toulon said yes­ter­day that the 29-year-old winger will join the three-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons from next sea­son on a three-year deal.— AP

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