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

/ 07:05 PM June 14, 2018

FILE – 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 Wolf

German 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.

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.

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Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the security issue and the ministry shared the intelligence agencies’ concerns.

Russia’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.

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.

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