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Source: DOSB The position paper of the Freiburger Kreis appeals to politicians to consider the special situation of the big popular sports clubs. Again, the popular sports clubs are hit hard by the partial lockdown. That is why the Freiburg Circle appeals to the responsible politicians to consider the special situation of the large popular sports clubs. the development in popular sport is like a slow bleeding. Many clubs cannot yet benefit from the special aid because there is currently no threat to their existence. Large popular sports clubs have been losing members massively since November. With a forecast membership loss of 10% for the next year, the individual clubs in the Freiburg Circle would have to accept losses in the six-digit range – just in terms of membership fees. On the other hand, a large part of the costs remain because the mostly very extensive club-owned sports facilities can still be operated and the individual offers have to be run with fewer participants anyway due to the hygiene concepts. Large clubs with their own facilities and permanent employees are particularly affected here. The continued existence of the structures built up by innovative sports clubs over decades is endangered. The Freiburg Circle therefore appeals to those in charge of politics to convert short-term emergency aid into long-term grants (until at least 2023) – e.g. Via the lever of the exercise instructor grants. 2.) Re-opening of popular sport, especially for children and young people as early as possible! The health value of regular sport is undisputed. The joint position paper of the regional sports associations and the DOSB also points to this fact. Many clubs with their own facilities are currently experiencing the situation that school classes populate the sports facilities in the morning, but children and young people are not allowed to attend the club’s sports lessons. In the past six months of the pandemic, the popular sports clubs developed handy hygiene concepts for both their own and rented sports facilities. Since discipline always plays a major role in sport, it is not difficult for the clubs to implement the concepts. The athletes, including the children and young people, have meanwhile got used to the local hygiene concepts. In addition, traceability was always provided if a positive test result was available. The Freiburg Circle appeals to politicians to reopen popular sport for children and young people as early as possible. The Freiburg Circle does not understand that sport is closed comprehensively and nationwide for adults also for areas in which the AHA + L rules can be adhered to. Of course, the FK clubs represent the resolutions of the municipal and state authorities vis-à-vis their members if a dramatic local infection process requires massive contact restrictions. 3.) More research on the routes of infection, especially when doing sports together Opening surprisingly few infections in sport itself, even if club members reported a positive test and then the health authorities initiated contact follow-up. They are convinced that the athletes * adhered and will keep to the AHA + L rules introduced by the clubs. Closing these controlled areas and relocating sports to the private sector could be counterproductive. While billions are being invested in research into drugs and vaccines, the uncertainty of where and how chains of infection arise is still very great; because there is not enough scientific knowledge available. However, these findings are fundamentally important for long-term acceptance of the respective corona protective measures. In the course of a reopening, the Freiburg Circle is therefore suggesting that studies be carried out in selected clubs to investigate how high the risk of infection is when doing sports or to what extent and with what measures the virus can be contained when doing sports together. Member of the Board of Management of the Freiburger Kreis, November 17, 2020 Boris Schmidt, Chairman of the Board of Management, Hamburg Horst Lienig, Deputy Chairman Chairman, Stuttgart Dr. Alexander Kiel, board member, Dortmund Horst Beck, board member, Augsburg The Freiburger Kreis e.V. is a working group of larger German sports clubs with currently over 180 member clubs and over a million people doing sports. (Source: Freiburger Kreis)

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