Wednesday, December 1, 2021

To "Culture of fear" Zoff about DOSB board members Hörmann and Rücker

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Harmony looks different: three board members of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) burden the two departing bosses with their statements. The association had already come under fire before.

In the letter affair at the DOSB, three board members incriminated the outgoing top officials Alfons Hörmann and Veronika Rücker. According to this, the DOSB President and the chairman of the board of directors of the umbrella organization acted against a joint decision of the board with their legal action against the former board member Karin Fehres.

This emerges from a letter from competitive sports director Dirk Schimmelpfennig, CFO Thomas Arnold and sports youth manager Christina Gassner to the employees of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, which is available to the German Press Agency.

“We deeply regret the entire process,” said the statement. The cause of the turbulence at the DOSB was anonymously published complaints from employees about a “culture of fear” in the association’s headquarters.

Most recently it became known that Rücker and Hörmann had asked Fehres to admit that they were the author of the anonymous e-mail from the 6th e-mail, threatening a criminal complaint and civil action. Fehres had rejected this as “absurd and baseless”.

Hörmann and Rücker had come under fire for their approach, and several sub-organizations of the DOSB sided with Fehres. Although both defended their actions in a joint statement, Rücker will now give up her position at the end of the year. Hörmann had already announced his resignation, a new DOSB president will be elected on December 4th in Weimar.

The board members welcomed the clarification by Hörmann and Rücker in the letter affair. They were “not or not fully informed and not involved in essential decisions”. Schimmelpfennig, Arnold and Gassner emphasize that the content of the lawyer’s letter to Fehres was “not coordinated with any of us”.

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