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Schumacher's health 'not a public issue'

dpa logodpa 17/12/2016

The health of seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher remains under wraps almost three years since his skiing accident.

Michael Schumacher's family has started a "Keep Fighting" initiative inspired by him while they and his management will continue to release no information on the condition of the former Formula One star following a skiing accident almost three years ago.

"Michael's health is not a public issue, and so we will continue to make no comment in that regard," manager Sabine Kehm said in a statement.

"This is also because we have to protect his intimate sphere. Legally seen and in the longer term, every statement related to his health would diminish the extent of his intimate sphere.

"We are aware that this may be difficult for some people," she said, adding that "Michael has always been very protective of his privacy, even during the most successful times of his career."

The record seven-time F1 world champion suffered life-threatening head injuries in a skiing accident in France on December 29, 2013. He is back at his Swiss home with his family since September 2014.

Schumacher's family and management have lately started various social media activities for fans and the Keep Fighting initiative is the latest step.

"Keep Fighting seeks to channel the positive energy received by the seven times Formula One world champion and his family as a force for good in the world," said the statement which quoted Schumacher's wife Corinna as saying: "We would like to encourage others to never give up."

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