Berlin (dpa) - From mini-Olympics to Maxi version of the Olympic Games: The success of the finals in Berlin has encouraged more intense thinking in Germany about a new application for the largest sporting event in the world.
"The finals were great, a complete success and a great advertisement for our sports metropolis," was the verdict of Berlin sports senator Andreas Geisel the day after the competitions in the capital.
The SPD politician is an advocate for the Olympics, has largely held back politically in terms of candidacy of his city. "For the Olympic Games, it needs a national application. We will not go on an ego trip as Berlin alone, "said Geisel in an interview with the TV channel rbb. «We are the sports capital. We can do big events. »
Prerequisite for an application is that it would have to be sustainable games without gigantism. Hostage: "Several factors have to come together. And if that were the case, there would be fun. "Den would like to experience the second Olympic bidder, the Rhine-Ruhr region with 14 cities. At the earliest that would be possible for summer games in 2032. A candidature for Winter Games is conceivable for 2030.
The people of the Spree already had fun at the finals with ten German championships with 3300 athletes. A total of 178,000 spectators have pursued the competitions, according to a message from the city at the sports venues. Even the 20-hour television broadcast was well received: the ratings on ARD and ZDF were on average well over one million viewers. Athletics alone attracted 2.27 million interested parties on ZDF on Sunday.
Even sports that are otherwise in the shade such as archery or modern pentathlon, came to quotas of over 1.5 million spectators. "That was a complete success. The response was far beyond our expectations, "said ZDF sports director Thomas Fuhrmann. "The numbers are screaming for a repeat. The premiere is not meant to be the last. "He suggested a two-year rhythm.
A total of 60,550 spectators had come to the athletes in the Olympic Stadium. "It was a touch of Olympia," said Jürgen Kessing, President of the German Athletics Federation. "It's a format that can have good prospects for the future." This also applied to the European Championships 2018 with seven European Championships, in which Berlin was the focus of the European Athletics Championships.
Especially the success of these experiments, with which sports beyond football get more attention thanks to large productions on television, offers Kessing the chance to reduce opposition to Olympic applications in Germany. "It's the only way that's possible. It is not possible to impose anything. "Most recently, the candidatures of Munich for 2022 and Hamburg for 2026 had failed because of the people's rejection.
For the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the finals were "a great sporting event that far exceeded our expectations," it said in a statement on Monday. At the same time, the DOSB praised Berlin as an "excellent organizer" and ARD / ZDF, which "perfectly transferred the attractiveness and diversity of top-level sport in Germany" to the world. "The finals in Berlin have shown that this format is forward-looking and should be continued in any case," recommended the DOSB.
Despite all the euphoria, there will not be a repeat of the finals, at least in 2020. "We can not do that," said ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky. The draft horse Athletics has already awarded its title fights for June to Braunschweig. And ARD and ZDF have a lot to do in 2020 with the European Football Championship and the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Many of the associations involved still wish for a continuation. After all, the winter sports associations have a big TV presence almost every weekend in the cold season. The bundling of ten sports would have "a special attraction and appeal to athletes and visitors," said Thomas Kurschilgen, competitive sports director of the swimmers. Therefore, it is not an experiment, "but a must for all traditional Olympic sports".
As a gain for their sport, the boxers see the finals. "That's great - like little Olympic Games," said Martin Volke, competitive sports representative of the German federation. "That enhances our championships." And also the self-esteem of the athletes, who are not so often in the limelight.
"The finals gave a great feeling. The whole city was somehow upside down, "enthused Lukas Dauser, ex-vice European champion at the bar. "There was a great deal of advertising, so that our sports sometimes come into focus." And the German Turning record champion Elisabeth Seitz said: "This atmosphere is amazing. That motivates tremendously. »
Website of the Finals
Interview hostage in the rbb evening show