According to DOSB President Thomas Weikert, some preliminary work is necessary on the way to a possible German Olympic bid.
According to DOSB President Thomas Weikert, some preliminary work is necessary on the way to a possible German Olympic bid. “First of all, we have to clarify what the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Germany are supposed to achieve,” Weikert said after a meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne. “What perspective do we want to offer sport, but above all society in Germany with Games, what can we draw inspiration from?” continued Weikert.
Once these questions have been answered, the German Olympic Sports Confederation must “in the next step create social acceptance, in other words convince citizens.” Only “with broad support from all sectors” would it be possible to “make a convincing offer to the IOC”. German Olympic efforts – Munich (2018 and 2022) in winter as well as Leipzig (2012), Hamburg (2024) and Rhine-Ruhr (2032) in summer – had recently failed miserably, partly due to the veto of the population.
The new DOSB Presidium and Executive Board met at the invitation of the IOC on Sunday and Monday at the headquarters of the Order of the Ring in Lausanne. After the talks, Weikert welcomed the reform process in the awarding of Olympic and Paralympic Games. “Interested National Olympic Committees have it easier, the rules of the game are more flexible and the process is more focused on dialogue,” said the 60-year-old.
The “clearer focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability” is “the right step, and the inclusion of human rights criteria in the awarding of future Games is also timely and important. The fact that these changes are having an effect can be seen in the hosts: Paris 2024, Milan/Cortina d’Ampezzo 2026, Los Angeles 2028 and Brisbane 2032. We must discuss together whether Germany could join them.”