Dr. Verena Burk (President of OC) and Jörg Förster (Chairman of the Board of the adh)

We want to break down barriers with sport

Dr. Verena Burk, President of the WUBC Organising Committee and Jörg Förster, Chairman of the Board of adh, give an initial assessment of the World University Beach Volleyball Championship in Munich.

Dr. Burk, how do you see your interim results after day one of the World University Beach Volleyball Championship (WUBC)?

Dr. Burk: I think we had a great start on Monday with the Opening Ceremony. I have heard only positive feedback from both the officials and the athletes.

Mr. Förster, what do you hope to gain from the World University Beach Volleyball Championship in Munich?

Förster: For us, a WUBC is an expression of our commitment to internationalisation at universities, but also part of our strategy to raise students' awareness of university and competitive sport.

Why do you choose beach volleyball in this context?

Förster: Beach volleyball is a highly attractive sport, which is also practiced by students. By organising the WUBC in Munich, we hope to be able to direct an international focus on Germany as a location for top student sports events.

What is the unique attraction at the WUBC?

Förster: The great thing here is that there are also nations represented that do not necessarily play at the top in international beach volleyball, such as Sri Lanka and Singapore. They never show up at a International Volleyball Federation' s (FIVB) championship.

That's right. And they're obviously having fun here!

Förster: And yet the spectators here see high-performance sport at the WUBC. Nations like Cyprus, which I would not necessarily have placed at the top, are also suddenly beating a German youth talents team. The level is one that ties in with the top of the world. Of course, we cannot compare it with a FIVB event.

Such assessments are confirmed by the growing number of students at the Olympics.

Förster: Yes, we have had good examples in the past: Markus Böckermann, Olympic participant 2016 in Rio, also started at World Universitiy Beach Volleyball Championship. Karla Borger also won the 2011 Shenzen Universiade together with Britta Büthe before taking part in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Dr. Burk: With an age limit of 17 to 25, the WUBC closes the gap between Youth Olmpic Games and Olympic Games. At the WUBC young athletes are introduced internationally.

Doping is an explosive, omnipresent topic in competitive and top-class sport. With the dual career you support the athletes to build up a second pillar beside the sport. Does this structure have the potential for optimal doping prevention?

Förster: I am convinced that this is the case. The actors have two focal points in their lives. In fact, there are studies showing that dual athletes are less susceptible to doping and drug abuse because they have a second centre of life. The likelihood of taking substances or using means to improve performance illegally decreases if they are not solely dependent on their sports career.

To connect my initial question, the interim balance: What do you both personally wish for the WUBC 2018?

Dr. Burk: I hope that the athletes and officials will make valuable eperiences. Not only that it was a weell organised tournament, but also that Germany and especially Munich are very hospitable and multicultural. We want to strengthen the exchange and break down barriers with sport.

Förster: First I wish us luck with the weather. My biggest goal is to give the impression of a hospitable and open country. We want to show that we can organise events at a high level. Of course, we would also like to present ourselves to the German public as a competent organiser. That is the desired external impact. The internal impact is hopefully a strengthening of the role of university sports at the TU München in many respects.

Here you can find the pictures of the day.