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LSB-President Thomas Härtel : Olympia 2036 in Berlin would be interesting

Mr Härtel, you have been elected a few weeks ago, the President of the landessportbund Berlin. Why do recreational athletes and athletes in Berlin, and the LSB?

We are the umbrella Association of the federations of the sport. All of the sports clubs in Berlin, a total of 2500, with about 660 . 000 members we organized. We want to achieve for our athletes the best possible conditions for the sport in this city. We must help to create the necessary infrastructure to attract volunteer staff, and to qualify for the exercise Director. And we want to be the voice of the Berlin athlete.

As you speak to a huge Problem. The sports infrastructure throughout the country and in Particular in Berlin for many years in deficit. How is the situation currently?

Specifically, something more than 100 open-air sports facilities – sports facilities missing in Berlin under the open sky. The is enormous. It is also a fact that more and more people are moving to this city, open space is very limited and therefore, expensive. We have to fight for this land. A dream of us was, and is, for example, that we can also make use of the Tempelhofer feld. At least in the periphery, we would like to take advantage of places for us. We need to find intelligent solutions, for example, on the roofs of Berlin, to hardware stores, et cetera, on which Sport can be promoted. But of course, you come there at some point limits. A light view of the school building offensive. In this context, around 350 new hall will be created in parts.

lack of space is the one, the other broken sports equipment.

We have in Berlin a very large Renovation. I live in Steglitz. If I only have to think about this district: Since there are 16 of 62 halls are currently closed due to different defects. Now the renovation has been in the program for the sports facilities by the Senate, with 18 million euros. This has made us happy. But it is still not sufficient. In addition, the accommodation of refugees has caused us many problems.

Is expired this from your point of view wrong?

We our social responsibility we are aware of and carry these with many programs, especially for refugees, people. But of course, we wondered at the time why in the first few weeks and months, other rooms away from the sport in consideration. In addition, it has sometimes occurred suddenly. Without notice, the Lageso, stood in front of the halls, the communication was a disaster. And that we then also one of our key performance venues, the Horst-Korber-centre, was taken, was particularly bitter.

The LSB wants to give the Berlin sports a voice. Dealing with the refugees is an example of this is that he is not being heard?

He is heard, but the LSB, and the Sport must be perceived. There are many examples where there is a need for improvement. So, we are involved in the plans of the Senate administration for urban development is often far too little. That's not possible. The Sport needs to bring in his Expertise, such as urban districts also, for the sports available can be made. The Sport is a cross-departmental theme. We need to make all Senate administrations to understand. We have failed perhaps in the past. When I think that Sport is first of all not have been included once at the Federal level in the prevention act or the Federal part of the act, which provides for people with disabilities, improvements, have, then that is a madness. And the comparison with other social fields such as the culture does not want to, I try not to. The significantly more abundant resources than we do, especially in Berlin.

sports clubs and the volunteers break away. In the last sport development report, 34 percent of the clubs indicated that they see themselves threatened in their existence. How do you counteract the wasting?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to attract people to volunteering. According to the high requirements. So volunteering can be a huge bureaucratic act. I guess the rehabilitation of sports as an example. There are in Berlin alone 32 . 000 sports groups. This is a performance for the health insurance companies, a lot of effort to such as Referrals by the Doctors, confirmations and the cost of acquisition of funds, and so on. The offering club must carry comprehensive lists, because he needs to make the bills. This is, of course, but a lot of work not only brings pleasure. But there are bright spots, as do the many volunteers at large events. We need to create it, to win still more of them for permanent work in the Association.

Just in Berlin, but there are many athletes who prefer unorganized Sport that is mostly free of obligations, organised in an Association. The Association-free athletes and sports providers are a Problem for you?

We welcome anyone that moves. Of course, Sport should not only be in the club possible, and we are also in favour of the unbound, the club's sporting should be many places of the city. We say that the club is a special place for social interaction and Integration. In these points he is ahead of the unorganized sports. Also, I want to advertise for our well-trained instructors and our variety of sports.

However: if you want to run, for example, in Berlin, Yoga is mostly a commercial sports provider.

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