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  East German Olympic doping 07 Nov 2005  
How serious was the drug problem?

Last week, the former East German world swimming champion Karen Konig took Germany's Olympic committee (NOK) to court, accusing it of ruining her life with steroids and declaring that she wanted to expose the 'whole doping system' in East Germany in the 1970s.

But the NOK argued it was not legally responsible for the actions of the East German Olympic Committee. Just how serious was the doping problem in East Germany? How do performance-boosting drugs affect athletes' health, and what impact does sport have on a women's body?

Martha discusses the issues with Tom McNab, novelist and former Olympic coach, and Dr Kate Russell, lecturer in Physical Activity and Health Development in Department of Sport, Health and Social Care at University of Gloucestershire.

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