In the struggle for livelihood, DOSB President Alfons HOrmann especially urges millionaires and top earners in the sports world to show solidarity. “In such a crisis as we have now, among other things, a high degree of personal responsibility and a high degree of solidarity, especially among the role models of our society, are required,” said HOrmann, referring to the current corona virus pandemic, the numerous sports clubs across Germany due to loss of revenue.
The Bundesliga is afraid of losses of around 750 million euros, while other German sports leagues are about smaller sums, but also about existence beyond 2020. HOrmann appealed that selfishness should now be put back and sometimes given: “That is why I see the top earners in sports as having a special responsibility to actively help their clubs and their employees.” In addition, care workers, doctors and nurses should be actively supported. “We all have to look at the well-being of them now!” Emphasized the 59-year-old.
The corona virus not only stopped the game in all German top leagues across all sports, but also threatened the absolute highlights of the sporting year in the European Football Championship and the Olympic Games in Tokyo. HOrmann sees the decision to host the games in Japan’s capital (from July 24) with the International Olympic Committee in the best hands.
“Speculation does not help us to do this, but we should fully trust the IOC, which works very closely with the World Health Organization (WHO),” said HOrmann. Ultimately, “a clear decision will have to be made in a few weeks”. HOrmann considers it irrelevant that numerous qualification competitions cannot currently take place due to the virus. Both DOSB and IOC are flexible here. “This is certainly the smallest worry that concerns us at the moment,” added the official.
Will Olympia be postponed?
Despite the global crisis, the IOC is still sticking to its original schedule. He can understand that there are critical voices for this, HOrmann emphasized: “I understand this criticism, but also the current approach of the IOC in such a way that it has to be checked step by step what is difficult and unique The situation is to be done or left out. ”The worldwide sports family is“ massively affected ”by a decision.
As with the European Football Championship, for which alternative dates were already traded in the winter of this year or in the summer of 2021, there is speculation at the Olympics about alternative dates. HOrmann currently sees no reason for this. “In the coming months, many will once again become aware of the decisive role that organized sport – internationally and nationally – plays for developments in the world,” he emphasized.
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