Germany finishes paying out $4.1 million in compensation for doping victims

Updated: October 11, 2007, 8:13 AM ET
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Germany finished paying out $4.1 million in compensation to former athletes who were the victims of the systematic doping conducted in former East Germany.

The money was distributed to 157 former athletes, the German Olympic Sports Union said Thursday.

Another $523,402 remains unused and will be put into a special fund for possible future compensations for "especially hard" cases that were not covered by the present settlement.

The money was made available by DOSB and Jenapharm, the company that manufactured the anabolic steroids and other drugs given to East German athletes under a state-run doping program.

The deal was reached as an out-of-court settlement after the doping victims filed a lawsuit demanding compensation for permanent health damages suffered as a result of being given performance-enhancing drugs, often without their knowledge, at an early age.

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