Who is the role model for good sportiness
New criteria for the Hall of Fame : Who is a sporting role model today?
An Olympic champion is by no means a role model just because a gold medal dangles around his neck. A loser, on the other hand, can be one if there is something worth emulating in his behavior. The debate about role models in sport was fueled again this year by Täve Schur. The cyclist is perhaps the greatest idol of GDR sport. In contrast to many others, however, he did not make it into the Hall of Fame of German Sports, set up by the Deutsche Sporthilfe Foundation. What follows from this?
Sporthilfe wants to continue the debate about true role models. To reassure itself, on Thursday, in the fiftieth year after its establishment and in the tenth after the establishment of the Hall of Fame, it invited to the forum “Values of Sport”. Sporthilfe was downright delighted that the Federal President took one and a half hours for it despite the political situation. Frank-Walter Steinmeier also brought with him a sporty hero image in his lecture: “They are those who refuse to use prohibited substances, even when they suspect that they are going up against competitors who do not care about this ethos . "
Misconduct, yes, but it has to be reflected on
A “clear stance on fair play, against sports fraud and doping” is one of several criteria that Sporthilfe has developed as a “model sports personality” for the Hall of Fame. Outstanding athletic performance is the most undisputed criterion, and a “clear stance on the free democratic basic order” is also a matter of course. But then it gets exciting. The “clear attitude towards one's own past” and the “reflection on misconduct / decisions made in the past” as criteria four and five ultimately cost Täve Schur admission to the Hall of Fame. Schur actually already had enough supporters, but then he boasted in an interview that GDR sport had been exemplary in promoting health. In view of the hundreds of victims of the GDR state doping, who to this day suffer from health and mental damage and whose children are also partially affected, this is a one-sided view of history. You could also call it cynical.
Failure, including a human one, does not preclude acceptance into the Hall of Fame, as Sporthilfe CEO Michael Ilgner said. There may very well be misconduct, "provided that these are corrected and reflected on and processed in an appropriate manner". That is now the benchmark for the next candidates for the Hall of Fame and what Sporthilfe and its partners understand by role models.
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