Journalist and Author, Germany

The sports business is since decades full of hypocrisy and mendacity with regards to the ethics and values of the sport and requires urgent change.

Hajo Seppelt studied sports, social studies, journalism and French at the Free University of Berlin for a few semesters but did not complete a degree. Since 1985, he has worked as a sports reporter for Germany’s premier public broadcaster ARD. He has also worked for the Berlin public broadcaster Sender Freies Berlin and its 2003 successor Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. After working for many years as a live commentary for swimming events for ARD, he was stripped of this duty in the early summer of 2006. Seppelt claims that this was in reaction to a private email, in which he criticized ARD’s uncritical reporting on doping, becoming public. Since 2006, he has worked as a freelance journalist for ARD and has made a number of reports and documentary films about doping.

Latest work 2016

In June 2016, Hajo Seppelt caused a stir with a documentary presenting indications of systematic doping within the Russian Athletics Federation.

Doping – Top Secret: Showdown for Russia. The documentary shows Russia may possibly be facing a ban on the participation of its athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.  Finally the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had recommended a blanket ban for all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio. The ARD documentary confirms the suspicion that the government was directly involved in the cover-up of state-controlled doping and also charges Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko himself.