A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled that a German TV documentary which alleged widespread doping among Russian athletes was based on inaccurate information and ordered ARD, the broadcaster behind the film, to pay a small fine.....
It ordered ARD, the filmâ€™s producer, Hajo Seppelt, and Stepanova and her husband to pay fines of 3,000 roubles each, the Interfax news agency reported. ARD declined immediate comment.
â€œFollowing the courtâ€™s decision, ARD do not have to issue a retraction, as they are from Germany and the court process was in Russia,â€ Valentin Balakhnichev, the former president of the VFLA, told Reuters in a phone interview.
â€œHowever, Russian law can now let us say that all the information in this film is a lie. This is a big step forward in defending our interests and our rights.â€
He said the ruling could help Russian athletes be reinstated.
A few thoughts.
1) This is a complete joke. 3000 Russian rubles is basically a symbolic fine as that's only $42.68 (Â£28.46). $42?? Really? Does anyone have the address for ARD? I'm serious. Please email it to us at letsrun@letsrun as LetsRun.com wants to proudly send Hajo and them $42 to cover the fine.
2) No this doesn't show it's clearly based on "a lie". Dick Pound's WADA report basically validated all of the Seppelt reporting.