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Source: DOSB The Ball des Sports of Deutsche Sporthilfe will not take place in 2021 due to the development of the Covid-19 pandemic
The benefit gala originally planned for February 6 for the benefit of young and top German athletes has to be canceled for the second time in the more than 50-year history of the Ball des Sports. Thomas Berlemann, CEO of Deutsche Sporthilfe: “We regret the cancellation of the Sports Ball 2021. The gala is our most important event of the year to draw attention to the relevance of the promotion of our young and top German athletes, to thank partners and curators and to ask for further support. ”In the last few months, under the leadership of the agency Hassler Made developed a comprehensive hygiene concept and an adapted event concept, which the health and regulatory authorities of the city of Wiesbaden and the state of Hesse highlighted as exemplary. The current sharp rise in the number of infections and the uncertain future prospects with regard to regulatory restrictions that may be necessary in the short term have made the risk too great. “We have a great responsibility and role model function towards our guests, all athletes, partners and sponsors as well as the citizens of Wiesbaden. Your health is our top priority. Therefore, a cancellation at this point is the only right decision for us. Our partners and sponsors of the ball encourage us on this path “. Gert-Uwe Mende, Lord Mayor of the state capital Wiesbaden:” On the one hand melancholy, on the other hand respect – that is what triggered the decision of Deutsche Sporthilfe for me to cancel the Sports Ball in 2021. Sadness, because Wiesbaden has to do without a glamorous and traditional event that focuses on promoting sport. And respect, because the organizers are reacting very sensibly to the Corona situation and are also showing a sporting spirit and a sense of responsibility. ” Oliver Franz adds: “Corona still has a firm grip on us. Due to the current development of the number of infected people, we as a city have taken far-reaching measures to combat the spread of the virus in Wiesbaden. I can understand the decision to reject it with a view to the responsibility and the role model function very well, but I would be happy if the Ball des Sports would take place again in the state capital Wiesbaden in 2022. ” to collect part of the now lost benefit proceeds from Europe’s largest charity gala in sport. In the last few years, the Ball des Sports has generated benefit proceeds of around 750,000 euros. About the Ball des Sports: The Ball des Sports is Europe’s most successful benefit gala in sports. With the gala, Deutsche Sporthilfe has been raising funds for Germany’s young and top athletes from over 50 different sports since 1970. With the exception of 1991, when the ball was canceled due to the Gulf War, the gala took place on the first Saturday in February. The first sports ball was celebrated in the Centennial Hall in Höchst; other venues were Frankfurt and Mainz. Most often, 25 times already, the Ball des Sports took place in the state capital Wiesbaden, in the Rhein-Main Hallen, the Kurhaus and, since 2018, in the newly opened RheinMain CongressCenter. (Source: Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe)
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