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Sports funding: German athletics should have the greatest potential for success


The German basketball players were in the Olympic quarter-finals, in the potential analysis of the Olympic summer sports associations, the DBB is at the bottom. President Weiss says of the result that is important for funding: "nonsense".

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The German basketball selection at the Olympic Games

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According to a commission of experts, athletics is best positioned for future success among the top German associations, despite disappointments at the Olympics in Tokyo.

On the other hand, the German Basketball Federation (DBB) has the greatest weaknesses among the 26 associations, as a report presented in Berlin on the so-called potential analysis of Potas shows.

In addition to the German Athletics Association - which won the gold medal in the long jump with Malaika Mihambo - the Table Tennis Association and the Equestrian Association also do well.

At the end of the field, in addition to the DBB, there is also the Fechter-Bund and the Taekwondo Union.

The results of the Potas Commission serve as an important basis for the allocation of funds from the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

The analysis is part of the top-class sport reform, in which the funding is to be distributed more based on expectations of success and medal chances.

These are the results of the potas:

Ingo Weiss, President of the German Basketball Federation, has criticized the approach.

"I am firmly convinced that this scientific system does not do justice to team sports," said Weiss.

"Potas is nonsense, a bureaucracy monster".

He cited the assessment of 3x3 basketball as an example.

»3x3 has never been Olympic before.

We haven't been able to set up any structures yet.

All of a sudden, the structures that we are slowly building are rated negatively.

This Potas concept is inconsistent for team sports and for new Olympic disciplines that first have to build their structures, ”says Weiss.

Weiss does not expect any financial disadvantages

The basketball players had reached the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics.

"With that we exceeded our target agreement," said Weiss.

The analysis includes the sporting results of important competitions, including the Olympics, the view of the team athletes and talents as well as the evaluation of the structures of the respective associations.

Dirk Schimmelpfennig, board member of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), described the results of the analysis as a "very valuable result" and sees Potas as an "important step in the implementation of the competitive sports reform".

There was not only criticism from the camp of the associations placed far behind.

The German Gymnastics Federation (DTB) wants to deal with the bad rating, only 23rd out of 26th.

"We will analyze the results intensively in a discipline-specific manner and work in coordination with the DOSB and the BMI to improve the framework," said the new sports director Thomas Gutekunst.

Despite the poor performance in the analysis, basketball boss Weiss was confident that the DBB would not have to fear any major financial cuts.

"I am sure that the employees of the BMI and the DOSB will recognize that things are going differently in basketball than shown in this analysis." Should it turn out that way and Weiss were right, the question of the meaning of the years of analysis would inevitably arise place.

On Tuesday, a funding commission with representatives from the Ministry of the Interior and DOSB wants to determine the sums that will flow to the associations.

jan / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-09-20

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