Kristen Halls in an interview about money for sports and the consequences of the pandemic

The Bundestag’s Budget Committee has allocated about 500 million euros, mostly for the renovation of sports facilities. 25 million will be made available to restart team sports after the pandemic. At the same time, parliamentarians, the Ministry of the Interior and Organized Sports are demanding that they do their homework, that is, introduce a concept. Did you do this with the main points published by the Russian Medical Services Office last Tuesday?

I am pleased and grateful to the Bundestag that federal funds so necessary to promote physical activity and popular sport can be embedded in the federal budget. This is an important support for our 90,000 sports clubs. For the first time, parliamentarians are investing heavily in the all-important goal of getting Germany moving again after two years of the pandemic. But the main points are not the concept of rebooting after Corona.

Kristen Holz is a pediatrician, Vice President of the German Olympic Sports Federation and President of the German Foundation for Gymnastics for Children.


Kristen Holz is a pediatrician, Vice President of the German Olympic Sports Federation and President of the German Foundation for Gymnastics for Children.
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We have to distinguish between the short run and the long run. In the short term, restarting after Corona revolves around supporting clubs to exit the epidemic safely. Through our Key Issues Paper, we describe the challenges that must be addressed and provide impetus for our country to become a more vibrant and healthy country in the medium and long term. This requires a change of perspective on the political side, for example with the creation of a Minister of State for Sports in the Federal Chancellery. Sports is a comprehensive issue that must find its way into political action in all ministries.

Sports wants the federal government to take full responsibility, not just promote high-level sports. why?

During the pandemic, we have all seen through a magnifying glass how important sport and exercise are to society, but we have not yet heard or taken into account. That must change. Politicians are reaching out to call for a sports development plan together, as laid out in the coalition agreement. We pick them up with heads.

Is the federal government putting in place something like a €476 million small gold scheme for municipal sports facilities, which adds to the €1 billion commitment permits for the next five years?

The German Sports Services Office and all the experts have noted the accumulation of large investments in sports facilities for years. It is urgently necessary to make progress, because sports and exercise require space and functional space. I welcome any investment in this field. Linking it to energy-efficient regeneration, as here, is a step into the future. This is a good start and will not be the end of the road. However, it will not be enough if funding continues to be limited to municipal facilities, and thus no federal funding can be provided for club-owned sports facilities – which at the same time make up a third of Germany’s total stock.

Why do homeowners withhold €25 million until there is a concept that suggests you haven’t done your homework?

Investments in team sports of this scale are new. There are many open questions. The government and parliament have worked well together. This was the prerequisite for this money to be available at all. In partnership with BMI, we will develop a coherent and effective implementation concept so that we can make an effective contribution to get this country moving again after the past two years.

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