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Germany considers wiping out doping-tainted records

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BERLIN, Mar 6 (Reuters) The German Swimming Federation (DSV) is to consider erasing national records set by swimmers from former communist East Germany that have since been tainted by evidence of doping practices.

The move follows similar steps taken by the German Athletics Federation (DLV), who said last year it would tackle the issue for track and field records.

''We believe it is necessary to address this problem and we will liaise with the DLV,'' DSV general secretary Juergen Fornoff told German sports news agency SID today.

National records set by East German athletes were registered as German records after unification in 1990 and several still stand.

East Germany used widespread doping from the 1970s to promote the communist state through sport, but several hundred of the country's athletes suffered health problems as a result of their often unwitting use of illegal drugs.

The DSV decision follows a request by former Olympic champion Petra Schneider last December that she wanted her national record for the 400 metres medley, set for East Germany in 1982, annulled because her performance was illegally-enhanced.

REUTERS AY RN1751

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