Wolf-Dieter Poschmann is dead. The former athlete, longtime director and later chief reporter of the ZDF sports editorial office, died last Friday at the age of 70 in Mainz after a short, serious illness.

The broadcaster announced on Monday.

“Wolf-Dieter Poschmann conveyed many great sporting moments to ZDF viewers in a vivid, competent and passionate way for the athletes' performance.

For over 30 years he was one of the defining faces and one of the memorable voices of many sports programs in the Second, ”said ZDF editor-in-chief Peter Frey in a statement.

The multi-award-winning sports journalist worked for ZDF from 1986, first as an intern, then as a freelancer in the sports editorial team.

In 1993 he became a permanent editor there, and two years later he was promoted to its head.

After ten years as head of sport, he switched to the position of chief reporter in 2005.

After the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the former middle-distance runner, who was born in Cologne on May 22, 1951, retired.

From 1994 to 2011 Wolf-Dieter Poschmann moderated the current sports studio on ZDF.

As a moderator and commentator, he was also regularly used at major sporting events: at the Olympic Games, soccer world and European championships as well as athletics world and European championships.