The German Cup is Germany's most important event for young cross-country skiers. With the prospect of professional careers on the horizon for some young skiers, the German Ski Association is keen to inform them early about the dangers of doping.
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has failed a doping test. The British rider said that he took an increased dosage of asthma medication during another race on the advice of a doctor.
The majority of tickets have been sold to Russians but international buyers account for 47 percent. With the draw taking place on Friday, Russia and FIFA have been eager to play down fears over racism and doping.
Russia's Vladimir Putin said there were "major suspicions" that the US is trying to sway the presidential vote in his country by allegations of doping against Russia. Several Russian athletes lost their Sochi medals.
In a rehearsal for their Bundesliga match on Saturday, Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties after an exhilarating contest. Elsewhere, Cologne scored three in Berlin and Bremen knocked out Hoffenheim.
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