German public television, which had turned its back on cycling following the doping scandals of the Tour de France, did an about-face today, and announced that it would air the World Championships from Stuttgart in September. ZDF, the company which walked away from the Tour following news of the positive doping control of T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz, said that it was satisfied with antidoping measures set up for the German event.
The organisers of the event have put into place hundreds of doping controls which will be carried out before and during the event. The move came in response to threats by German politicians to axe funding for the World Championships because of the doping problems in the sport.
Markus Schächter, director of the ZDF, says his company will make sure things go as specified. "We will very persistently examine if what was agreed upon is actually set up," he warned.