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Rome. The serious allegations of abuse by the former top water jumper Jan Hempel have once again illustrated: sport needs an independent instance that protects active people.

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The serious allegations of abuse by Jan Hempel have triggered waves of dismay and indignation. But not only that: The German Swimming Association (DSV) has to deal with possible misconduct of the past in the middle of the sporty successful European Championships in Rome. At the same time, the calls are becoming louder after the establishment of an independent Center for Safe Sport.

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for beach volleyball player Karla Borger, in the Personal Union President of Athletes Germany, it will even be “highest railway”. The allegations of abuse of the former Olympic medalist Hempel, who had become public due to an ARD documentary, have "shaken", Borger said on the sidelines of the beach volleyball European Championship in Munich: "This disgusts me."

You have "great respect for the courage of those affected" and believe that "this development of giving the stories a face and talking about it" is very important. However, "further educational work", according to Borger, must be documented "abused - sexualized violence in German swimming" (Saturday, 10:40 p.m./ARD), "what happens in the background".

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The athletes of Germany have already worked, in May the independent position of “start -up against violence” launched. To "reduce the pressure in the boiler", as Maximilian Klein explained in the SID conversation. Sometimes you have "several cases a week," he reported.

Ultimately, athletes Germany only want to bridge the range until the central point for Safe Sport is set up, in which the well -being of the athletes is above the interests of associations or decision -makers. But the path is long, for all confessions to found the federal, state and sport. Among other things, it is about the financing key or a specific handle in order to be able to intervene effectively. And for the protection of independence.

The structure is "a mammoth project," said Klein. He estimates that the center could only be operational towards the end of the legislative period of the current federal government in 2025. The time is considerable. In the documentary,

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Hempel had stated that a trainer had occurred to him every day for 14 years. He informed the top of the association about the processes in 1997, but the DSV had never substantially dealt with the allegations. On Thursday evening, the association released the national water jump national coach Lutz Buschkow, 1997 base coach in Berlin. Hempel had accused him of knowing about it and not working.

critically about how to deal with Buschkow commented on record European champion Patrick Hausding. "You can't put your responsibility into his shoes, that's not fair, he had no decision at all," the ex-world champion and three-time Olympic medalist told the SID: "As a coach, he was a small part of the system at that moment . ”

Hausding had“ never assessed so that something like that would leave him cold ”. He "did not want to move into a party," emphasized the 33-year-old, who ended his career in May, but in his opinion Buschkow "got into the crossfire much too much". Hausding could "remember no incidents" from his active time, not even "that someone was very noticeable and athletes were sexually insulted".

on site in Rome, the water jumpers tried to cope with the new situation without national coaches. Tina Punzel said only briefly in the morning after her second gold medal in the Foro Italico: "Rather, that he is missing here on the edge of the pool." M-board could hide, she replied: "Of course that doesn't work."

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