no magic wand against crisis
German rowing fleet threatens next defeat
09/16/2022, 11:40 am
After a frank conversation between critic Oliver Zeidler and the association, German sailors must calm down. But the next defeat is imminent in the World Cup. DRV also recently admitted that the rovers have lost touch with top European countries.
Hardly digested by the accidental sinking of the German rowing fleet in Munich, the devastating criticism from world champion Oliver Zeidler and public Zoff did not die in any way when the next debacle was already on. Just a month after a pitiful performance at the domestic European Championship, the crisis in the German Rowing Association (DRV) could only worsen. Because the prospects are bleak before the World Cup in Resis/Czech Republic (September 18 to 25).
After the disastrous European Championships with only one medal in the Olympic classes, the association, Zeidler predicted, would be “no magic wand” to “suddenly manage to be competitive again on a broader front”. Zeidler, who fought off her lead on Sunday, showed unusual weaknesses recently, fighting off a breakthrough-bad eight after an uproar and Alexandra Foster’s EM bronze came as little surprise. Medal chances in the World Cup? barely.
“It’s stupid that it always has to explode first”
DRV also recently admitted that German rovers have lost touch with top European countries. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why Zeidler & Co tried to shake the sports leadership with sly announcements about the European Championship. While it’s “stupid that it always has to be so loud before something can actually happen and work is being done to uncover serious problems,” said an expert at the Sports Information Service, he was “sleeping peacefully.” because I simply said the truth and speaks to the hearts of many”.
According to DRV, the controversy was followed by a lot of conversation, including by critic Zeidler. Time will tell, insisted the 26-year-old, “whether the union is really willing to change anything”. They again outlined their demands: “a change in staff is needed one way or the other”, the union should “take criticism more seriously” and that those responsible for the fulfillment of the set goals should also be evaluated.
“A World Cup for Leftovers”
What information about the title fights in Resis offers is completely open. “Unfortunately for us it will be a World Cup for those who are left,” said national coach Brigitte Beilig, who can only return to a slim team in the Czech Republic. Due to coronavirus problems, nine of the 14 Olympic boat classes have DRVs only at the start.
Despite this, the association says it wants things to turn around quickly. At the end of October there is an “expert council” to analyze problems and present solutions – because the concerns are great. With all eyes already on the World Cup next year, it is finally about qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Games.