Germans dismiss anti-doping privacy concerns
A leading German sports official on Sunday dismissed allegations from privacy groups that the whereabouts rule of anti-doping control is against the law.
"Privacy and doping control system are compatible. The athletes submit themselves voluntarily to the system in order to exercise their sport under fair conditions," Michael Vesper, general director of Germany's Olympic Committee (DOSB), told German Press Agency dpa.
Vesper expressed his belief that an agreement will be reached at a meeting set for Wednesday between privacy groups and the German Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
Athletes must inform NADA of their whereabouts in order to be available for out-of-competition tests.
Privacy groups have reportedly drafted a request to sports clubs and federations in which they ask them to refrain from demanding their athletes' submission to NADA rules.
A privacy group representative, Edgar Wagner, said that the NADA system is an "intolerable invasion of their privacy" and against the law.