MUNCHEN, Germany — Under pressure from all sides, the German International Sports Confederation’s president decided not to seek re-election in December.
Alfons Hörmann, the head of the DOSB confederation, announced his resignation on Wednesday rather than wait for the outcome of a vote of confidence scheduled for an emergency general meeting in September, according to the DOSB.
Kaweh Niroomand, the vice chairman for finance and economics, has also announced his resignation.
“The DOSB and the sport as a whole must remain strong and united if they are to continue serving its members and advocating for their concerns. Priority must always be given to a well of German sport, not the personal aspirations of those involved “a DOSB statement by Hörmann
Anonymous DOSB employees wrote a letter in May accusing Hörmann and other top leadership officials of fostering a “environment of dread” at the Frankfurt headquarters.
Coronavirus rules and psychological pressure were cited in the letter against Hörmann, who is 60 years old.
As a former head of the DOSB, IOC president Thomas Bach wrote the organization a letter in May stating, “I am very worried about its legitimacy and thus its function.” after learning of the charges.
Its DOSB’s four other deputy are yet to announce whether or not they would run for re-election. Wednesday, the Confederation announced that its presidium will plan a “orderly transition” and “do all necessary to best support the (German) competitors at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to begin preparations for the Winter Games in Beijing.”
It had been requested by the DOSB’s presidium and control centre that its ethics committee investigate the employees’ claims. New elections should be held a year early at the party’s annual meeting in December, according to a commission formed by former economy minister Thomas de Maizière.
In September, the DOSB’s leadership ignored the suggestions and chose instead for a vote of confidence that caused more discontent among its member organizations. Despite the recommendations of the ethics commission, individual state sports federations persisted on following them.