State sports federations are critical of the existing sports funding system

zThere appears to have been a mass outbreak of anger at the LSB Congress on Friday in Munich. In a paper that passed unanimously, the LSB complained of “nefarious bureaucracy” and “unrealistic control fantasies,” and “dysfunctional thought patterns” and “centralized control fantasies.”

The sixth of seven demands phrased with exclamation points is the restriction of government funding for unsuccessful sports. Germany is perhaps the only country in the world that is trying to promote high-level sports in all kinds of sports and disciplines. “If we do not want to be left behind in an exponentially increasing number of sports/disciplines on a global scale, focusing the available funds on fewer sports/disciplines is essential.” Funding should be the primary for other sports will be discussed.

Frustration and emotional outbursts at the conference were reported by Christoph Nissen, Chairman of LSB North Rhine-west, this paper titled “Shaping the Future of Competitive Sports!” The fundamental question is how the resources will be distributed in this system. The 2016 competitive sport reform had too many sides: “players got lost in it.”

The excess of structures and institutions in sport – most recently the creation of Bottas’ potential analysis system – is an escape from responsibility; It is important to overcome the mistrust between the federal government as the sponsor of the sport of the first degree and the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) and not only to make the sport accountable for sporting performance, but also to give it the opportunity to shape it through budgetary means and targeted agreement. Thus, LSB is speaking against the independent authority declared in the coalition agreement to allocate government subsidies, which are usually described as a first-class sport GmbH.

Reducing bureaucracy isn’t a staggering request, says Nissen, but what’s built in in terms of bureaucracy and obstacles is staggering: “Some of the legal requirements for grants are grotesque.”

State sports federations demand that the principles of fair play, human dignity, and human integrity do not relativize competitive sports funding goals. Ultimately, performance logic requires financing based on global standards. “We’ve lost this clear trend in many areas of the system.” The common goal of a humane and tamper-free competitive sport “must not promote what is supposed to be a first-class sport, but the world must accept from the outset that the standard will be missing.”

It’s about success, not fun

Niessen rejects the explanation that LSB demanded a competitive sports solution as in the GDR in 1969, which at the time resulted in the exclusion of basketball, hockey, table tennis, alpine skiing, and ice hockey from state funding. He says, “We don’t want superior performance by any means. We don’t want to subject everything to success. But we do want to stand out. Athletes go to competitions for success, not for fun.”




When asked if athletics should adapt to the cuts after the introduction of LSB, Niessen replied that the German national team had not achieved enough success at the World Cup, but the successes at the European Championships in Munich did not reach world standards. Sprinter Gina Lokenkemper became the European champion in 10.99 seconds. At the World Championships in Eugene (Oregon) you wouldn’t have made it to the final by this time. The 8,545 points that Niklas Cole earned the European decathlon champion title would have made him only fourth in the world championships.

Promotion of competitive sports in the club

In the Bottas potential analysis system, athletics became the number one sport of the summer, Nessin explains, because the association was the best at filling out surveys. Basketball, on the other hand, its men’s national team finished third in the European Championships, an event in which many matches were world-class, and finished last in Bottas. “In light of these findings, one has to ask oneself, what is the value of that? Did we create this new structure for this and let it cost us hundreds of thousands of euros?” says Nissen.

Instead, direct work with the athletes should be the focus of the work. State sports federations are planning a standardized tariff for coaching. In addition, it is important to promote competitive sports in the club. Cooperation between clubs and schools is essential; The level of sport must be raised significantly, especially in primary schools, both as a subject and as part of cooperation.

Like the US Sports Federation, state sports federations are calling for – in a separate paper – to cap energy costs and include sports in the federal government’s third relief package. Clubs and federations will face an existential threat due to the potential closure of sports facilities and rising costs. They needed a large financial subsidy. Municipalities should avoid energy-related closures of sports facilities and swimming pools. Funding for the modernization and renovation of sports facilities should not only apply to municipal facilities, but should also apply to club-owned facilities.

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