German Olympics doctor suspended in doping scandal


Hamburg : The German cycling federation BDR on Saturday suspended Olympics doctor Georg Huber over an alleged doping scandal.

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Germany's Under-23 national coach Peter Weibel has also been asked to appear before the BDR following reports in Saturday's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that he and Huber provided doping substances to amateur German cyclists during the 1980s.

"We will discuss the situation with him and following this discussion decide what consequences should follow," said BDR president Rudolf Scharping in a statement.

The move follows the revelation in the newspaper by former cyclists Joerg Mueller and Christian Henn that they were given doping substances as far back as the 1980s.

The news comes in the wake of the scandal involving professional cycling and the German Team Telekom in particular.

The floodgates opened on Monday when Bert Dietz was the first former rider to admit to EPO doping at the team and was followed by Henn and Udo Boelts.

On Friday, 1996 Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis conceded that he had used EPO, a synthetic hormone that stimulates the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, while riding for Telekom. The admission came the day after two former teammates – Erik Zabel and Rolf Aldag – made similar confessions.

Another Dane Brian Holm, who was also a former member of Telekom, confirmed in an interview published Thursday that he had taken EPO.

"It didn't all start in 1995 like at Telekom. It started a lot earlier," said Mueller, who claimed that Weibel had provided him with Andriol and other drugs during a race in France in 1987.

"I don't know what but there were injections as well," he said.