Germany nominates 436 athletes for Beijing Olympics
The German line-up is chosen for the Beijing Olympics
Kienbaum -- The German Olympic Committee (DOSB) has nominated 436 athletes for next month's Beijing Olympics, a team slightly smaller than that of 2004 in Athens.
The DOSB on Tuesday named 231 athletes after picking the other 204 at two previous occasions.
The 242 men and 194 women will compete in 26 of the 28 sports in August 8-24 in Beijing, with only softball and baseball teams not in China.
The numbers make the team smaller than the 452 athletes who competed in Athens, and a little bigger than the 428 who went to Sydney 2000.
"We have a strong team. We want to be successful, we want to combine performance and morale and have only clean success. We want to be good ambassadors of our country," said DOSB president Thomas Bach.
Germany came sixth in the Athens 2004 medal table with 13 gold medals, 16 silver and 20 bronze. Its overall 49 medals was good enough for joint fourth place with Australia, with the US leading the table with 36-39-27 medals and the overall list with 102 medals.
The nominees include the basketball team around NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, which still has to qualify for the August 8-24 Games in Beijing, with a tournament set for this week in Athens.
Discus throw world champion Franka Dietzsch has been nominated despite injury.
Tennis player Rainer Schuettler, a recent Wimbledon semi-finalist, and swimmer Vipa Bernhardt, who has reached an injunction to be included, are among almost a dozen athletes who can still make the team over the next days.
The nomination deadline set by the International Olympic Committee is on Monday, July 21st.