Hormann: olympic cancellation would be the highest penalty for athletes

Hormann: olympic cancellation would be the highest penalty for athletes

The german olympic sports federation is assuming that the event will be implemented in 2021, but responsible management also means "looking at alternative scenarios," hormann said in an interview on sportbuzzer.

According to hormann, a decision must be made by the end of the first quarter of 2021 at the latest. In the end the world community will make the decision. "If, for example, numerous countries ban their athletes from traveling to the games, or japan has had to ban people from various nations from entering the country, the games will not be able to take place," said the head of the DOSB.

Hormann continues to stand by his fear of billions of euros in damage to german sports as a result of the corona crisis, despite critical voices. "The damage is far greater than what is apparent in any form of application or documentation," he told TV station sky. At present, only "the tip of the iceberg in the damage assessment is being discussed," hormann added.

Most recently, dagmar freitag (SPD), the chairwoman of the bundestag’s sports committee, had described the DOSB’s damage expectations as "at least daring. At the end of may, the DOSB had trimmed a forecast based on a survey by the auditing firm deloitte and identified a financial need of more than one billion euros. Therefore, emergency aid for the sport had to be increased accordingly.

Hormann praised the federal government for the recently announced aid package of 200 million euros. In addition, support came from all the federal states as well as from the federal armed forces and the federal police. Nevertheless, he continues to be "intensely concerned," said the DOSB president. For many member organizations, "a critical point is reached at the end of the year at the latest". Three quarters of DOSB members are not sure whether their existence will be secured over the new year if there is no return to competitive sports, preferably with spectators.