By Susan Westemeyer
Walter Godefroot and Mario Kummer have nothing to fear from Team Astana management about their connection to the Telekom 1990s doping scandal, according to team general manager Marc Biver.
Godefroot, who currently serves as technical advisor to Astana, was team manager of Telekom at the time. At his press conference Friday, Bjarne Riis said that Godefroot had turned a blind eye to the doping practices. Biver told the "Neue Züricher Zeitung", "As long as I don't have any evidence, I won't fire anyone." He said that he had spoken with Godefroot, whose contract with the team runs until the end of the Tour de France, and who has assured him that he had never organized doping.
Mario Kummer is now Directeur Sportif for Team Astana and rode for Team Telekom in the 1990s. He allegedly told Biver that he had been involved in the doping practices at that time, the newspaper reported. "This confession is enough for me," said Biver.