German reporter who exposed Russia doping ‘won’t be at World Cup’

first_imgFILE – A picture taken on February 27, 2015 shows German journalist Hajo Seppelt during the German Athletics Championships in Leipzig, eastern Germany.“I was always interested more in backstage athletic performance than in the sport itself,” told AFP Hajo Seppelt, the reporter of the German ARD, focusing on the fight against doping. / AFP PHOTO / DPA / Jens WolfGerman journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia’s alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football World Cup tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster ARD said.World Cup host Russia had initially refused to issue Seppelt a visa, but later relented after massive international pressure, with FIFA stressing the importance of media freedom to President Vladimir Putin’s government. ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations But Germany’s security agencies have since evaluated the situation and found that it was risky for the journalist to travel to Russia, said ARD in a statement late Wednesday.Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the security issue and the ministry shared the intelligence agencies’ concerns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRussia’s powerful Investigative Committee has said it intended to question Seppelt on his arrival because he was a key witness in its own investigation into the doping scandal.Seppelt’s documentaries on doping among Russian athletes sparked a storm and ended up with Russia being banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scalpers still operating at World Cup despite crackdown His TV reports concluded that Russia’s doping programme was being overseen by the state’s security service, and that orders for athletes to cheat on a such a scale could only have come from Putin himself — charges which have been vehemently denied by Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img

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