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Felix Neureuther would support an Olympic boycott. The former slalom driver also talks about a possible commitment than DOSB president.

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For the former ski runner Felix Neureuther, the award of the winter games 2022 to Beijing remains a mystery of almost five months before the Olympic start.

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"Beijing with his interventions in nature and with the human rights problems would certainly have no surcharge after my assignment requirements," said the 37-year-old in the interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung .

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concrete guidelines for the award would have to be here, so neureuther. Unfortunately, this requirement for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is difficult to feasible without significant support.

Neureuther takes DOSB in the duty

So "great sports organizations" such as the German Olympic Sports Bund (DOSB) "should exert much greater pressure on the IOC to show that they do not agree with the values ​​that convey such games. If a DOSB would say, for example, with backing of the Chancellor: We do not come to Olympic games, if human rights did not comply with sustainability requirements are not fulfilled (...) - then that would have another dimension. "

He would be "for such a boycott. But I would understand if other athletes are completely defending themselves. On the other hand, I am firmly convinced that many of this topic would prescribe if they would realize that they actually know something can change. "

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In the case of a boycott for real change, it must be clarified that the athletes are "not the suffering": "The leading but as I said only if politics, dosb and athletes agree. That would be a task and a challenge for the New DOSB president. "

Neureuther as DOSB President?

Perspective could even be interesting for Neureuther even the Office of the DOSB president. "If I feel like I could really change something to positive - then I would be there," said the Garmisch-Partenkirchner: "But knowing the current association structures I see little chances."

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There are currently "the clear commitment of politics and the major trade associations to change something to the structure of competitive sports in Germany. This includes, for example, widespread sports and performance sports. "The performance sport must be structured according to performance criteria and not led by chosen officials, but by professionals."

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