Germany's National Anti-Doping Agency Receives $1.37M Donation From Private Sector
Germany's National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) "has received a million-euro donation from the private sector," according to the AFP. German prosthetics company Otto Bock, which is run by NADA board member Hans Georg Näder, donated €1M ($1.37M) to the anti-doping agency for its operation in '14. NADA Exec Chair Andrea Gotzmann said, "We are very happy about the support. There has been a certain imbalance in our stakeholder model." The stakeholder model "requires the federal government, state governments and the private sector to financially contribute to the NADA's budget," which is without lab expenses between €4.5M-€5M ($6.2M-$6.8M) annually. However, there "have not been any contributions from the private sector in the recent past." Adidas, one of the few permanent private sector sponsors of NADA, wants to increase its contribution from €300,000 ($410,000) a year to €350,000 ($478,000). Recently, the German Olympic Sports Association (DOSB) has increased its annual contribution by €300,000 to €2.3M ($3.1M) (AFP, 1/28).