Doped East German athletes to receive compensation for health problems
Athletes from former East Germany who were given performance enhancing drugs for many years and who consequently experienced longstanding health problems will receive payments of several thousand euros, the German federal parliament decided recently.
A special law has been passed which sets up a compensation fund of about a2m (£1.3m; $1.9m). The fund is meant to be supplemented by the sports industry and by national sports associations, but neither of these groups has been keen to join the initiative.
It is estimated that between 500 and 1000 men and women will apply for compensation by the end of the year and will receive about a3000 each. Currently, the association representing athletes who have had health problems as a result of doping has about 150 members.
Soon after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, it became apparent that many East German athletes had had to pay a high prize