For ski ace Felix Neureuther, a boycott of the 2022 Olympics in China is conceivable.
The sports star from Bavaria could also imagine becoming DOSB president.
Munich / Garmisch - China * will be in the focus of the global public between February 4th and 22nd.
Then when the Olympic Games 2022 in Beijing * will be held in the huge Asian country.
The award of the Winter Games to the Communist People's Republic also met with incomprehension.
Among other things because of alleged human rights violations against the Uyghurs.
The British politician Iain Duncan Smith had already called for a boycott of the Winter Games in order to set an example against China's “aggressive and dictatorial” policies.
And system critic Ai Weiwei said: “The hopes were hypocritical.
Because the interest in participating in China's economic market is much greater than paying attention to human rights.
These hopes were only there to confuse the public in the West. ”Striking: the Chinese artist was involved in the design for the“ Bird's Nest ”national stadium before the 2008 Olympics.
Felix Neureuther: Winter sports star from Bavaria brings boycott of Olympia 2022 into play
Now the German sports star Felix Neureuther is also pleading for considering a boycott of the 2022 Olympics.
“The guidelines would have to be rewritten in such a way that the Olympic Games are only given in those locations that are suitable and where people can enjoy the legacy of these Games over the long term.
Munich, with its 1972 Summer Games, is an excellent example, "said the ski ace from Bavaria of
:" Beijing, with its interventions in nature and with human rights problems, would certainly not have been awarded according to my award requirements. "
I would be up for a boycott like that.
Winter sports star Felix Neureuther on Olympia 2022
The 37-year-old from Garmisch-Partenkirchen * went on to explain: "If a DOSB, for example, with the backing of the Chancellor, would say: We won't go to the Olympic Games if human rights are not respected, sustainability requirements are not met, or if participants are not able to participate in quarantine." to be properly looked after by the DOSB or the embassy - then that would have another dimension. "
But this could only succeed if politics were behind such a step and guaranteed that “competitive sport will be compensated for the losses it incurs as a result of the waiver”, continued the winner of 13 Alpine World Cup races.
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What conclusion would he draw?
“I would be up for such a boycott.
But I would understand if other athletes totally defend themselves against it.
On the other hand, I am firmly convinced that many would devote themselves to this topic if they realized that they could actually change something with it, "said the Bavarian, who was born in Munich, further:" In any case, the athletes shouldn't To be suffered.
As I said, this would only succeed if politicians, DOSB and athletes are in agreement.
That would also be a task and a challenge for the new DOSB president.
I would take such a step in any case. ”Currently, Felix Neureuther works, among other things, as a winter sports expert for
Felix Neureuther: Winter sports star from Bavaria does not exclude office in the DOSB
Its influence is limited.
But that could change.
When asked whether he could envision the office of President of the German Sports Confederation (DOSB) * in the future, he replied: “If I have the feeling that I could really change something for the better - then I would be there.
But knowing the current association structures, I see little chance there. "
When he ended his career in spring 2019, the ski star from Garmisch-Partenkirchen had declared that he could not imagine a future as a sports official.
"That would drive me crazy," he told the
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
at the time
Now he is going ahead with a polarizing plea.
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