Scharping re-elected as head of German federation

Rudolf Scharping was re-elected as President of the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer, the German cycling...

Rudolf Scharping was re-elected as President of the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer, the German cycling federation. He has served in that office since 2005.

Scharping received 399 of the votes, with the remaining 174 going to Dieter Berkmann.

Scharping, a former Minister for Defense, had recently been criticized by a number of cyclists and politicians, with many saying he was lax on the anti-doping front. He said that he was "torn apart" by criticism from mountain bike Olympic champion Sabine Spitz, who was against his re-election and called the BDR's anti-doping fight only "hot air".(SW)

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