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Start of the European Championships: Good mood despite all the world politics

2022-08-11T05:44:33.697Z

Start of the European Championships: Good mood despite all the world politics Created: 08/11/2022, 07:37 By: Gunter Klein Spectators follow the opening of the European Championships 2022 in the Olympic Park. © Soeren Stache/dpa Munich celebrates with the European Championships and expects "great days". The EM was officially opened on August 10th. Munich – The pictures that Munich produces fro



Start of the European Championships: Good mood despite all the world politics

Created: 08/11/2022, 07:37

By: Gunter Klein

Spectators follow the opening of the European Championships 2022 in the Olympic Park. © Soeren Stache/dpa

Munich celebrates with the European Championships and expects "great days".

The EM was officially opened on August 10th.

Munich – The pictures that Munich produces from the European Championships will be good.

For example, the cycling variant BMX.

Training took place on the course on the Olympiaberg on Wednesday before the opening ceremony, the helmeted acrobats flew through the air in front of a backdrop of local church landscapes and the Alps.

The weather report does not indicate any change in the situation.

"We will experience eleven great days", predicts sports mayor Verena Dietl, who is also the chairman of the supervisory board of Olympiapark GmbH.

The dignitaries from politics stood on Wednesday before the official opening on the Olympiaberg not far from the BMX facility, where the fat bass that accompanied the training was turned down respectfully.

The fact that things could get started in Munich with the "biggest multi-sports event since the Olympic Games in 1972" was cause for celebration, because a number of things happened that could have overturned this event.

Since Munich was awarded its bid to host nine European Championships with 177 decisions, a pandemic has taken society into custody and two Olympic Games (Tokyo, summer 2021, Beijing, winter 2022) have had to be held in an unworthy atmosphere with no or a greatly reduced number of spectators be held.

Marion Schöne, who runs the business in the Olympic Park, described her doubts

Corona then came in February with “the Russian war of aggression”.

This raises the question: "How do you react to this?

According to Marion Schöne, the guidelines of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the International Olympic Committee were followed and Russian and Belarusian athletes were excluded.

"It's not fun." But a look at the start lists makes you happy: "The Ukraine is represented in almost all disciplines."

Munich is determined not to let world politics spoil its mood.

Above all, it wants to celebrate its concept of sustainability, for bringing the 1972 Olympic venues back to life.

Those who didn't experience the Olympics should also feel the spirit of that time - like Mayor Dietl, who calculates: "I was minus eight then."

In any case, the Olympic ensemble unfolds its effect on the athletes.

Sprinter (and bobsleigh pusher) Alexandra Burghardt was a child from Mühldorf, 50 minutes away by car, "at a European Athletics Cup in the Olympic Stadium" and "in darker times of my career imagined that I would have an individual start here".

If she has, she will reach for EM gold with the World Cup bronze relay.

Above all, she is happy that her circle of friends can see her live.

When she did her sport, like she did last time in Eugene, everyone promised her “that they would get up at three o'clock.

But I didn't believe it."

Climber Yannick Flohé knows the Olympic Stadium from previous Bouldering World Cups and was "surprised that we are at Königsplatz".

But he should be fine.

He thinks it's a cool ambience "when you're just hanging out" (and by that he doesn't mean on the wall).

His hope: that walk-in customers will be enthusiastic about his sport.

But there is competition: BMX, for example.

Source: merkur

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