Few people in Germany are as well-informed about sports policy and as influential as Alfons Hörmann, president of the Federal Sports Council for over a decade. In this interview with Athletics Academy, he talks about his vision for the future of German and global sports.
Alfons Hörmann his name comes from a large family in the Swabian city of Tübingen, which has belonged to the country’s pathocracy for centuries. The son of a businessman, Hörmann was trained as a banker and began his career at the Deutsche Bank. In 1990, he was promoted to chairman of the Europäische Bankakademie in Frankfurt, where he ran events and organized training for managers.
Alfons Hörmann has also worked for the German Olympic Committee as head of its training and coaching, which since 2007 has been responsible for both sportsmen and sportswomen at all levels. In 2008, he became chairman of the federal sports council Bundeskulturrat, renamed the Federal Sports Council in 2010 under his leadership.
At first glance, it might seem surprising that a conservative political leader would be appointed the president of such a federal body. To discover more about his ideas, one must ask what his perspective is to sport.
Hörmann: “The SPD was the governing party at a time when it had a vision for the future of Germany. Today, there is no such party that has such a vision. I think that all parties would do well to start thinking about those things that matter for Germany’s development and for what is in the public interest.”
The task of his presidency is to look ahead at the future of German and global sport. A vision for German sport originated from the Federal Sports Council, founded in 1968.
Hörmann: “Nevertheless, there is still a great deal of work to be done. For example, we have not been able to determine the priorities for preparing athletes. We should research this question more because making sport accessible to as many people as possible is a real challenge.”
The interview provides a fascinating insight into Germany’s current state of sports policy. In particular, it sheds light on Hörmann’s ideas surrounding the future of German sport. According to him, German sport is vulnerable, and it is crucial to ensure a range of elite athletes available for international competition.