Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Gymnastics Festival in sunshine and with 2
19 out of 20 German Regional Gymnastics Federations were
present in Freyburg; for the first time 190 participating gym clubs
could be counted.
From the point of view of the gymnastic
federation of the state of Saxonia-Anhalt this year's festival was a
great success: More than 1,700 participants of all age groups and
disciplines - including Jahn - and orienteering race - could enjoy
almost perfectly organised competitions. For it is a well-co-ordinated
team that organises this Memorial for years.
The colourful variety of the gym shows called
"Turnschaukasten" was remarkable, too. For the first time
teams from Portugal and Israel took part, whereas gymnasts from
Austria and the Netherlands are already a well- established part for
decades. Only sport and gymnastics tourists of the region or the city
are rarely seen, and especially not non-local ones. Hardly anyone of
Freyburg's inhabitants could be greeted on the square, if he was not
directly connected to the gymnastics festival. The Naumburger
Tageblatt's editor Torsten Kühl: "The PR work prior to the
competition was almost non-existing. We felt badly informed this year."
And there was especially no over-regional PR work. Except here
at the internet service of www.gymmedia.com,
no kind of reports or information about one of the most fascinating
events in general gymnastics on a high level could be found. A variety
of possibilities did not get a chance to get used: Gymnastic world
stars like the last World Champion of the GDR Jörg Behrend (vault,
Stuttgart 1989) or the first World Champion of re-united Germany Ralf
Büchner (high bar, Indianapolis 1991) walked unrecognised around and
were neither officially involved in the event nor publicly mentioned
at all. Even the only active ambassador of the city that is about to
hold the German Gymnastics Festival - who is not such a one officially
- and Olympic Champion, Klaus Koeste, was greeted but not integrated
into the festival in any further way. However, the "tour of hope"
made use of his popularity. From there he travelled directly to the
"40th Berlin Olympic Round Table" in Stadtroda and later on
to Freyburg. This legendary Berlin Olympic Round Table would have been
placed better in Freyburg than in Stadtroda, too. In any case the MDR-TV
thought this table worth of being broadcasted!
Many former German champions and international medal winners
stayed anonymous, too. Why should one pay attention to them: Only the
gymnastic scene was present... but exactly this is the big mistake of
this sport: If you do not look over the high bar, you should not be
surprised when the public will not be reached and sponsors stay away.
Furthermore, the budgets are getting even smaller: There was not much
money for placarding, and the committed judges had to suffer a cut of
their already small salary...!
These neglects are mainly due to the work of the city Freyburg and the
tourist association, of which was little to hear. Thus the mayor
Martin Bertling noted: "We have to take the Jahn Memorial back
into the town hall as main responsibility and to give it top priority...!"
Already a couple of years ago successful beginnings had been done,
however, there was no realisation of the marketing concept.
This should be changed before the 80th Jahn Memorial and the 150th
anniversary of the death of the father of gymnastics in the year of
the German Gymnastics Festival...(Eckhard Herholz / GYMmedia)
(Translation: Florian Schmid-Sorg)
despite budget on low flame
Except Bremen all regional gymnastics federations were present
at the Unstrut.
Torsten Kuehl, MZ / Translation: Florian Schmid-Sorg
Freyburg. Despite a budget on low flame
the Jahn Memorial tournament did not lose nothing of its strong
attraction. Last weekend the regional gymnastics federation of the
state Saxonia-Anhalt could greet about 1,700 gymnasts either on
apparatus on the lawn of the sports park called after the father of
gymnastics or on the close stage. "Excepts Bremen all other 19
regional gymnastics federations were present. That's a record",
said a delighted Bianka Hüller. The managing executive of the
gymnastic federation of the state Saxonia-Anhalt had a budget of DM
80,000 to spend for the 79th happening of this traditional event.
"Financial support does not come in easily as it did before.
Means of Lotto-Toto and financial support of the Burgenlandkreis
helped to organise the event in a reasonable way, according to the
chief organisator. Savings in costs of printing - for the first time
there were no advertising posters - and a reduction in numbers of
judges had been urgently necessary. "Especially the judges at the
general gymnastics competitions ought to be praised. They agreed to
work for only DM 25,- per day", says Bianka Hüller. "They
are crazy about gymnastics, and without them our sport could not exist
in its present scale." A further important support came from the
company Stöhr Sportgeräte. "Since 1992 they give us apparatuses
of a value of DM 80,000,- to dispose of freely every single year. We
only have to pay for costs of transport", accounts the managing
executive of the regional gymnastics federation. For the first time
tumbling - a special form of acrobatic series - was part of the
programme this year. Last year the premier had 'fallen into water'
because of a thunderstorm. Despite the German Gymnastics Festival, the
80th Jahn Memorial will take place next year, too.
Stadtroda/Freyburg: 40th Olympic Round Table in the hotel
On the day before the 79th Jahn Memorial (Friday evening, 17th August,
7.00 p.m.) some gymnastics Olympic and World Champions will interrupt
their journey to Freyburg in close Stadtroda. Reason is the 40th
anniversary of the traditional Berlin Olympic Round Table which takes
place in the idyllic hotel
"Hammermühle". Klaus Köste, Eberhard Gienger, Bernd
Jäger, Jörg Behrend, Ralf Büchner and others will be present at
this prominent round
As announced in the "OTZ", the "Ostthüringischen
Zeitung", there will be an auction of a Berlin Olympic Round
Table Tankard with original signatures of five 100 m Olympic Champions
of the last millenium. Most recently an internet user from New York
had bided $ 500...
A tv team of MDR-TV Erfurt will broadcast a report on Sunday (7 p.m.) as
part of the Thüringenjournal. (Retrospective: Olympic
Round Table 2000 in Freyburg)