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Source: DOSB honoring of the German Sports Aid for the life’s work of the “moral conscience of German sport”

The “Golden Sports Pyramid” goes to Hans Wilhelm Gäb this year. For almost half a century, the former table tennis national player, business leader and functionary left his mark on German and international sport as the face of fair and clean sport. The prize money of 25,000 euros is provided by Katarina Witt, member of the Board of Trustees of Deutsche Sporthilfe and herself the winner of the “Golden Sports Pyramid” in 2010, and traditionally goes to sports projects to be named by the winner. Hans Wilhelm Gäb applies as one of the most prominent and respected people in German sport. Since the multiple German champion and national player in table tennis took over the presidency of the German Table Tennis Federation (DTTB) in 1981, he has been involved in sport on a voluntary basis. From 1988 to 1992 Gäb worked on the Presidium of the National Olympic Committee (NOK) and from 1990 to 1991 as deputy chairman on the board of the German Sports Aid. At that time, health problems prevented him from becoming more involved in the successor to NOK President Willi Daume. He had to forego the task entrusted to him for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as Chef de Mission of the first all-German team after reunification, because a virus began to destroy his liver. Later he also gave up his offices as President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) and the DTTB, which he had led for 13 years. In 1994, Gäb had to undergo a liver transplant. His personal experience led him to support people in a similar situation with the associations he founded, “Sportler für Organspende” (1998) and “Children’s Aid Organ Transplantation” (2004). The trained journalist founded the specialist magazine “Auto-Zeitung” (1968) at the beginning of his professional career and was the first communications chief at Ford (1973-1981). In 1982 he moved to Adam Opel AG, initially on the Board of Management, most recently as Vice-President of General Motors Europe and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Adam Opel AG. After leaving Opel in 1998, he became more involved in sport and returned to the Sporthilfe board, from 2005 to 2007 as chairman of the board. Under the motto “Performance. Fair play. Together. ”He developed the strategic brand core of the foundation that is still valid today. In 2008 he changed to the supervisory board as chairman, of which he is still an honorary chairman. Hans Wilhelm Gäb has been married to Mrs. Hella for 58 years and has two children, Wolfgang and Christiane.BackgroundThe winner of the “Golden Sportpyramid” is chosen by the previous winners and the Sporthilfe Foundation Board as an independent jury. The “Golden Sports Pyramid” has been awarded since 2000. The winners include Steffi Graf, Franz Beckenbauer, Heiner Brand, Henry Maske, Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther, Uwe Seeler and Max Schmeling as well as last year’s award winner Franziska van Almsick. Hans Wilhelm Gäb also becomes a member of the “Hall of Fame of German Sports”, which will consist of 121 members in the future. This year Verena Bentele (para-biathlon and cross-country skiing), Georg Hackl (luge) and Thomas Lange (rowing) were also voted into the “Hall of Fame” by the jury. The “Hall of Fame of German Sports”, initiated by Deutsche Sporthilfe in 2006, is a forum for remembering people who have made history through their success in competitions or through their commitment to sport and society. The “Hall of Fame” is accompanied by adidas and exists “virtually” on the Internet. In addition to Deutsche Sporthilfe, the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the Association of German Sports Journalists are the sponsors and authorized to make proposals. Source: Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe


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