Anti Doping Prize in Berlin

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Anti Doping AwardOn the 6th of December 2016 Yuliya Stepanova received the Anti-Doping-Prize awarded by the Doping-Opfer-Hilfe ( in Berlin.
To keep their personal security and because they are still in an ongoing asylum procedure, neither Yuliya nor her husband Vitaly were able to travel to Berlin.
Instead, a Skype conference was established, so that they were able to follow the event and to answer questions afterwards.

The laudation was held by the former sports official Hans Wilhelm Gäb, who returned his olympic medal this summer, as a protest against the decision of the IOC and who criticized the behaviour of the IOC and its president Thomas Bach in several interviews.

Wilhelm Gäb described the inhumanity of organized doping by quoting Yuliya Stepanova with the words: “The coaches take a girl and feed her with pills […]. And when she gets caught they just throw the athlete away and take a new one.”
He called Yuliya Stepanova as “perhaps the most important whistleblower in the history of sport” and closed his speech with the words: “Dear Yuliya Stepanova, you have set a worldwide sign of hope. We and the world of sports have to thank you.”

The ceremony, including laudation and interview, is available on the facebook site ( Even without a facebook account!
Language of the ceremony is German.


Anti Doping Award 2016 – Review

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Press review of the Anti Doping Award ceremony 2016 in Berlin.

The award was granted by the Doping-Opfer-Hilfe e.V.




Anti Doping Award 2016

Anti-Doping-Award ceremony for Yuliya

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Yuliya StepanovaOn Dec, 6th at 11:00 a.m. (CET / UTC+1) the ceremony for the Anti-Doping-Award 2016 will take place in Berlin.

Support-Stepanov will report live from the event with the help of a Facebook Livestream (

You can even watch the stream without a facebook account.

The language of the event will be German.

Interview with Yuliya and Vitaly Stepanov for

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great peopleHello Yuliya,
Hello Vitaly,
it’s about two months now, since the end of the Olympic Games in Rio. A time where a lot of things happened. Your accounts were hacked, you had to move to another place for security reasons. But some days ago we
heard about a big improvement in your life, what happened and what is
your situation at the moment?
First of all, thank you very much for continuing to follow our story and to continue to support us. About 2 months ago we met with the IOC President, Mr. Bach. We shared our concerns about being whistleblowers with him. We felt that the IOC genuinely would like to help us. The IOC offered to Yuliya an Olympic Scholarship which she will use for training and Vitaly was offered to be a consultant for the IOC so the IOC understands what challenges whistleblowers face while exposing cheating in Olympic Sports. Both of us were glad to receive such offers as Yuliya would love to continue competing as a clean athlete and Vitaly would love to continue fighting doping in sports.


Yuliya, regarding you new situation, do you have any idea when your fans and supporter can see you participating in a contest? Is there already something in scope?
As of now there are no competitions scheduled but I am hoping that in the beginning of 2017 I will be healthy and in good shape and that should allow me to be entered in some competitions in USA. I will let you know as soon as I have updates about my competition schedule.


Yuliya, how do you manage to keep you fitness? Do you have any training facilities or any support from a trainer?
I’m very grateful that in the past two months I started working with a German coach who is helping me with my training. I have a dirt track and a synthetic track near my apartment. There are also many trails in the area to do long and easy runs. For recovery I use swimming pool and sauna a few times per week at a fitness center. I also have massage 2 times per week.


Yuliya and Vitaly, you have experienced hard times. Have you ever regretted your decision to publish your information about the doping system?
We do not regret our decision to tell the truth. It’s a lot easier to sleep at night when you don’t have to hide anything. The more time goes by the more support we receive from different people around the world and this makes our journey amazing and unbelievable. 


Have the last months changed your view on the world or the people?
From the beginning we were hoping to find honest and ethical people that will understand our story and our intentions. We are very fortunate to learn that the world has many many great people, you just have to start looking for them and you will find them.


If you a had a wish for free, what would be your wish?

We would wish for sport without cheating 🙂


Yuliya, Vitaly, thank you very much for the interview.

Funding closed

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thank you messageWith the latest concessions made by the IOC, the situation for the Stepanovs seems to have improved now.

Of course there is still a way to go, but for now we decided to end the post-crowdfunding donation. It all started when lots of people asked for a possibility to support Yuliya and Vitaly even after the end of the official crowdfundung. With your help, another 427,54 EUR has been gathered and we will be happy to hand over this money to the Stepanovs.

As soon as we’ve done that we will inform you again here on this site.


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Yuliya Stepanova receives Anti-Doping-Award 2016

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Berlin. Yuliya Stepanova receives the Anti-Doping-Award 2016 from the German organization “Doping-Opfer-Hilfe (DOH)“. Yuliya is rewarded for being a key whistleblower for revealing the Russian doping system.

The DOH honors Yuliya as an active athlete with unprecedented moral courage and clear attitude, who newly initiated, despite all personal risk, the dream of self-determined sports without fraud and misuse.

It’s the first year in which the Anti-Doping-Award is endowed with 10,000 EUR, realized by private donators.

The award ceremony will take place on the 6th of December in Berlin. Yuliya Stepanova has already accepted the prize.

Previous award winners were, amongst others, the cancer researcher and anti doping expert Prof. Dr. Werner Franke, the sports journalist Herbert Fischer-Solms, the trainer Hansjörg Kofink and Henner Misersky and the endocrinologist Prof. Dr. Christian Strasburger.

(German source:

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Julia Stepanowa erhält Anti-Doping-Preis 2016

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Berlin. Den Anti-Doping-Preis 2016 der Doping-Opfer-Hilfe (DOH) erhält die russische Leichtathletin und Whistleblowerin Julia Stepanowa als zentrale Kronzeugin des russischen Staatsdopingsystems. „Die Enthüllungen von Julia Stepanowa und ihrem Mann Witali Stepanow haben belegt, dass in Russland Geheimdienst und Staatsdoping als Doppelstruktur existieren, um eine rigorose Erfolgsproduktion zu garantieren. Ein System, das uns als Staatsplan 14.25 aus DDR-Zeiten im Kern bekannt ist und zu vielen Opfern geführt hat. Die Informationen der Stepanows über den Sportkrieg des russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin waren von hohem Aufklärungswert für den globalen Anti-Doping-Kampf und haben die Welt erschüttert“, sagt die DOH-Vorsitzende Ines Geipel.

Der DOH ehrt in Julia Stepanowa eine aktive Athletin mit beispielloser Zivilcourage und klarer Haltung, die ungeachtet ihres persönlichen Risikos den Traum von einem selbstbestimmten Sport ohne Betrug und Missbrauch neu initiiert hat.

Der Anti-Doping-Preis des DOH ist in diesem Jahr erstmals dotiert. Die Preissumme von 10 000 Euro wurde durch private Spender ermöglicht. Die Preisverleihung findet am 6. Dezember 2016 in Berlin statt. Julia Stepanowa hat den Preis bereits angenommen. Bisherige Preisträger waren u. a. der Krebsforscher und Antidopingexperte Prof. Dr. Werner Franke, der Sportjournalist Herbert Fischer-Solms, die Trainer Hansjörg Kofink und Henner Misersky sowie der Endokrinologe Prof. Dr. Christian Strasburger.