Posted: Thursday September 19, 2013 12:14 PM

German anti-doping agency facing funding shortfall

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BERLIN (AP) - Germany's national anti-doping agency has not yet secured 4.6 million euros ($6.3 million) in funding for 2014 and warns it faces the prospect of staff layoffs and a reduction to 20 percent of its capabilities.

But German Olympic Sports Confederation general secretary Michael Vesper says there is no viable alternative to the current funding arrangement through political, sporting and business contributions.

Vesper tells the dpa news agency, "It will be something for the new government, together with sport, to see that the other stakeholders also make their contribution.''

Only three of Germany's 16 federal states made a contribution this year.

German track and field federation president Clemens Prokop says the prospect of reduced testing next year due to a lack of funding is "a scandal for Germany.''
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