Hajo Seppelt, who helped reveal a state run doping program in Russian athletics, talks to DW. After intervention from Chancellor Angela Merkel, he was given permission to travel to Russia to report on the World Cup.
Hajo Seppelt's investigations exposed Russian state-sponsored doping in high-level sports. He will not attend the football World Cup in the country after German security services warned he might not be safe there.
Weeks before the World Cup, some open questions still remain regarding the host nation's team. Was there systematic doping in Russian football? Some indications suggest as much, but nothing's proven as yet.
FIFA has found "insufficient evidence" of past doping infringements among Russia's provisional squad for the World Cup. Past investigations into Russian doping had highlighted football as one sport affected.
The stadia are ready and there has been a great deal of investment in security and infrastructure ahead of the World Cup warm-up in Russia. The only thing missing so far, is interest in the competition.
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