GRAMagainst the former German world boxing champion Felix Sturm An investigation has been launched into a possibly banned infusion use. This was confirmed to ARD by the Düsseldorf prosecutor's office. Sturm, 45, and a physical therapist are suspected of violating the anti-doping law.

According to an ARD report last year, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) called in the prosecutor's office. NADA “submitted the facts to the responsible public prosecutor's office based on the anti-doping law after the dissemination of the ARD report,” NADA board president Lars Mortsiefer told the sports information service at the time. the so-called informative communication.

There is a risk of prison

Sturm was seen in a photo on social media in January 2023 that showed him during an infusion with a physical therapist and an alternative practitioner. The practice of him published the photo. ARD confronted NOTHING with the process.

Infusions in which more than 100 milliliters of liquid are administered within twelve hours are prohibited for competitive athletes. They are on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list (LOVE), because they can mask doping substances in the body.

WADA's list of prohibited substances is also the basis of German anti-doping law. The exceptions are emergency treatments or special permits.

Under the anti-doping law, if charges are brought, Sturm and his supervisor face a fine or a prison sentence of up to three years, if it can be proven that he intended to dope. Sturm, who was sentenced to prison for tax evasion in 2020, has a criminal record.

Saline and vitamin C?

In terms of sports law, Sturm probably does not have to fear any consequences, since the Association of German Professional Boxers (BDB) has not submitted to the WADA code. Infusions are not explicitly mentioned in the association's anti-doping regulations.

The alternative doctor who carried out Sturm's infusion confirmed to ARD's doping editorial team before the article was published that Sturm had received 250 milliliters of saline plus supposedly vitamin C.

Sturm was recently active as a boxer and in December 2023 he defeated the Turkish Sükrü Altay. A subsequent fight has not yet been scheduled.