The fight against illegal performance enhancing substances has led the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, to develop strict rules. But some criminal athletes and doctors make sure to remain one step ahead in the race.
Professional cycling and track and field are among the more notorious sports for doping. And the former East German GDR was famous for encouraging systematic abuse of substances to ensure sporting success. DW coverage related to the topic is collated below.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted to deputy prime minister on Wednesday, despite coming under scrutiny in the country's recent doping scandal. Former Olympic fencer Pavel Kolobkov will take Mutko’s place.
Russian Paralympic athletes are disappointed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the ban by the International Paralympic Committee. The lockout was imposed after a WADA-commissioned report on the evidence of doping in Russia. It means that no Russians will be allowed to participate in the games, which begin on September 7.
German track and field athlete Heide Ecker-Rosendahl won two gold medals and a silver medal at the '72 Olympics. She talks about Rio, the criticism of the IOC, and tells DW why it's harder for competitive athletes today.