Leipzig's Olympic big risks other bids

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18 November 2003 , BOCHUM - The problems around Leipzig's 2012 Olympic bid may also backfire on German bids to host other major sports events in the future, a leading official said on Monday night.

18 November 2003 

BOCHUM - The problems around Leipzig's 2012 Olympic bid may also backfire on German bids to host other major sports events in the future, a leading official said on Monday night.

Ulrich Feldhoff, a vice-president of the umbrella sports organisation DSB, told a sports forum that bids in sports like fencing and athletics could suffer from the Leipzig quarrels - especially if the bid is given up.

"Such a scenario would definitely have implications on other bids," said Feldhoff, who is also president of the International canoeing body.

Several officials linked to the bid have stepped down or were ousted in recent weeks. There have been plenty of negative headlines and it remains unclear how the problems are observed abroad.

A first test comes on the weekend when the ruling fencing body FIE elects the 2005 world championship host from Leipzig and Turin.

"One cannot rule it out (that the negative Olympic reports could be a factor)," said German fencing federation chief Gordon Rapp.

But Rapp also said that championships in Leipzig could have a positive effect on the image of German sport - in the country and abroad.

The German athletics federation has similar hopes as Berlin is set to bid again for the 2009 World Championships after losing out on the 2005 edition which are to be held in Helsinki.

"There could be consequences if things continue like this (in Leipzig)," said German athletics federation vice-president Dagmar Freitag.

Freitag said that the council of the ruling body IAAF had several International Olympic Committee members within its ranks.

Feldhoff also urged the German government to considerably raise its annual budget of 580,000 euros for major sports events in order to keep Germany competitive on the international stage.

DPA


Subject: German news

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