Felix Neureuther doesn't mince words when it comes to the future of German skiing.
Corona in particular has caused considerable damage.
Munich - Markus Wasmeier, Rosi Mittermeier, Katja Seizinger, Martina Ertl, Frank Wörndl, Felix Neureuther, Maria Höfl-Riesch and many more who could be called that: They are all ski idols in Germany, successful winter sports enthusiasts who also serve as role models applied to the generations after them.
And how does it look in the future?
Apart from the active ones?
According to Felix Neureuther, it could get dark.
The former ski star is worried about the youth work in winter sports.
The consequences of the corona pandemic for children are "brutal" and "unstoppable," said Neureuther at a press conference on Tuesday in Munich.
Together with Bavaria's Sports Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), Neureuther gave the go-ahead for the project “Move yourself smart!
Skiing in Germany: According to Neureuther, projects and campaigns should help
The aim of the campaign is to encourage children and young people to do more sport and exercise again.
On action days at Bavarian schools, school classes can qualify for “the grand finale” as part of the European Championships in August 2022 in Munich's Olympic Park.
According to Neureuther, such projects are on the one hand “something great and also something positive”.
On the other hand, it is sad “that you have to offer children vouchers” in order to lure them back to the clubs.
“Nowadays you have to give them something to make something happen,” said Neureuther.
Ski hope from Felix Neureuther: More children in the fresh air and in the snow
The 37-year-old hopes that this year more children will be able to go into the snow and get some fresh air.
Last winter, this was not always possible due to strict corona measures.
Neureuther has two children with the former biathlete and cross-country skier Miriam Neureuther (formerly Gössner).
(ank with dpa)