“We are not professional psychologists” (Junge Welt newspaper)

Meanwhile, 80 percent of the Japanese are against hosting the Olympic Games in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, the number of corona infections is rising steadily. Are you optimistic?

I don’t dare to make a prognosis. There are far too many questions unanswered, not only about the direction, but also about the run-up to the games. This applies particularly to the resumption of training and competition operations and the way in which the Olympic qualification should take place in the individual sports. It could be that it will be very tight and that there will be tremendous time pressure when the Olympic starting places are awarded until summer.

Shot putter Christina Schwanitz recently said that she would lose her motivation for the Olympics because of the uncertainty. Are you and your organization now primarily in demand as a psychological builder?

We have more than 1,000 members who deal with similar uncertainties practically every day …

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