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Sports Wessinghage "suffers" with German team

08:30  27 july  2022
08:30  27 july  2022 Source:   berliner-kurier.de

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The former European athletics champion Thomas Wessinghage regrets the poor performance of the German team at the World Cup in the USA. «Of course you suffer. But I haven't been suffering from Eugene since the days, but I have been suffering for 30 years, »said the 70-year-old on Tuesday at an appointment by the Rentrop publishing group in Munich. The German record of Wessinghage over 1500 meters from 1980 still applies today.

Thomas Wessinghage. © Christian Kunz/dpa/archive picture Thomas Wessinghage.

at the World Championships in Eugene had existed with just two medals, the weakest World Cup cutting off the German Athletics Association (DLV). "Today's athletics is a reflection of today's society, just as athletics was a reflection of society at that time 40 or 50 years ago," said the doctor. First of all, you have to awaken the enthusiasm of children for athletics.

other sports are more in focus than the athletics and, unlike in the past. «My conclusion is: There are sports that have adapted to the consumer habits of current society and the ambitions of young society much better. There are sports that have fallen behind - and the athletics comes to mind first, »said Wessinghage. "There are still hungry German boys and girls, but they would end up with athletics would be a big coincidence."

Wessinghage emphasized that he "did not want blaming and no nasal sumps", he said. The topic is simply too complex.

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