Germany targets 48 Olympic medals in Beijing

Germany's Olympic Committee (DOSB) said Thursday on it is expecting to return from Beijing with as many medals in the bag as in Athens four years ago.

Germany targets 48 Olympic medals in Beijing
German athlete Judoka Yvonne Bönisch in Athens. Photo: DPA

Germany won a total of 48 medals, including 14 gold in the Greek capital to finish sixth in the medals table of the 2004 Games.

“We want to at least achieve what we did in Athens, although we would prefer to improve on our results across the board,” the DOSB general secretary Michael Vesper told Germany agence SID from Beijing.

The DOSB sees sports such as canoe (straight racing), rowing, equestrian,fencing and diving as sure medal getters, although it believes medals can also be won in collective sports like women’s football and field hockey.

Germany’s athletes’ delegation for the August 8-24 Olympics will hit the 450 mark. Another 250 staff will travel, raising costs to an estimated total of €4 million.


German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

Bundesliga clubs and other German sports venues will be allowed to welcome up to 25,000 spectators from next month, the city of Berlin said Tuesday after a meeting of officials from Germany's 16 states.

German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season
Germany fans at the recent Euro 2020 match in London. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christian Charisius

Most matches in Germany’s top football league were played behind closed doors last season – so-called Geisterspiele or ghost games – because of the Covid-19 virus.

The new Bundesliga season starts on August 13th and with infection rates having fallen sharply, sports stadiums could be at 50 percent capacity, with the total number per match or event capped at 25,000.

The only exception is reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, where up to 20,000 fans will be allowed into home games at the 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena because officials in Bavaria are allowing only 35 percent of capacity.

The new rules apply until September 11 and amid concerns in Germany about the Delta variant of the coronavirus, incidence rates must not exceed 35 new infections per 100,000 people over the previous seven days.

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If that happens, and “the infection cannot be clearly contained”, a maximum of 5,000 spectators will be allowed into sports events, German officials warned.

Only fans who can prove they are vaccinated or present a negative test will be allowed into stadiums and hygiene rules must be followed.

An easing of the regulations meant crowds of around 14,000 were allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches at Munich’s Allianz Arena over the last three weeks, but fans were largely kept out of German league games last season.