Football – Two cases that could torpedo all plans – sport

The new corona infections and the quarantine imposed at Dynamo Dresden raise questions about the planned continuation of professional football: How many such cases can game operations tolerate until they collapse?

Dynamo Dresden has had a nice and modern stadium for some time, which can fill well with a feverish atmosphere. When the ranks, unlike now and unlike in the medium term, are full. A few days ago, the stadium reminded, as witnesses report, of an Asian airport: The SG Dynamo players hired for training were fitted at the entrance and scanned with infrared thermometers. The results were clear: all cadre members were at normal body temperature and showed no other symptoms that could have indicated infection with the corona virus. But since Friday night it has also been clear to the Dresden soccer players: symptomlessness doesn’t mean anything.

After evaluating all laboratory samples from the third series of tests, which was carried out on Friday (and therefore the day after the first post-corona team training), “it was clear on Saturday that there were two new corona cases at SGD,” the association said With. The consequence: “After an intensive analysis of the situation, the health authority in Dresden responsible for the SGD in Dresden decided on Saturday that the entire second division team, including the coaching and support team, must now go into a 14-day quarantine at home.” The Dresden case thus has the potential to shake professional football’s reopening plans.

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It was only on Wednesday that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country heads of the German Football League (DFL) gave the “green light” to restart the professional leagues in the second half of May. In an absolutely emergency operation, the clubs want to whip the nine outstanding match days within six weeks from May 16 – this is the fragile plan, which is now questioned. Especially since it is rather unlikely that Dresden will remain the only location with positive results in the many other planned tests.

The immediate consequences of the Dresden quarantine are first of all: Dynamo cannot compete against Greuther Fürth either this weekend in Hanover or the following week. The 51-page hygiene concept of the DFL also states that a team must compete in a seven-day quarantine training camp before the restart. This would also render the Dresdeners’ game in Bielefeld on May 27 invalid.

The DFL tried to put the effects of the Dresden quarantine into perspective. “I do not interpret this as a setback,” said head of the league Christian Seifert on Saturday on ZDF: “It was completely clear to me that this could happen at any time. We are at the beginning of the reentry. If Dresden goes into quarantine for 14 days, it is not Reason to question the entire season. We’re not changing the goal at the moment, we’re just changing the plans. “

In fact, even in the tight schedule up to the end of June, the missing games could still be pressed. Either way, discussions about distortion of competition are likely to be heard. So far, two “English weeks” are planned, with games during the week. Dresden, currently bottom of the table, and other clubs would now have to spend three or even four English weeks, i.e. continuously – or the season would have to last until July. The DFL would like to avoid that because numerous contracts expire on June 30th. This week, the DFL wants to discuss how the case will affect the schedule.

But in addition to these concrete consequences, it is not even possible to see in outline what dynamism the positive cases from Dresden (one of the positively tested professionals is Simon Makienok, who himself outed on Instagram) will release. And the question is what happens if there are further positive tests. Dealing with infected people from the player or supervisory staff has been the crucial question since the DFL’s hygiene concept was published, and the answer has been rather vague over the past few days. A good week ago, there were a total of ten positive results in the 36 professional clubs in the first series of tests, but everyone had been there in individual and small group training; So according to the specifications without direct body contact. For this reason, at 1. FC Köln (three cases) only the infected were sent to quarantine, the others were allowed to go into team training. It was similar in Dresden, which already had positive results in this first row. Only Erzgebirge Aue already carved out here by putting his team in three days of isolation.

At the time of the two cases, Dynamo, like all professional clubs, was already in team training, where there is close physical contact – this is the major difference compared to the cases of the past week. How the two cases got infected is open, according to the city administration. It is excluded that the first person who tested positive passed the virus on to the two newly infected people. This can be demonstrated by the character and intensity of the contacts without any apparent doubt. After reviewing the training plans to date, the official medical officer responsible had therefore decided to send the entire team home for two weeks, because team training with full body contact would increase the risk that the virus would now spread further. Uncontrolled.

Another unknown figure: the professionals and their concerns

This is a blow to the DFL. In their concept, the medical experts had tried to argue that if there was a positive case during team training or play, there should be no quarantine for the whole group, but only for the individual infected. The Sports Ministers Conference and the Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) spoke out against it. Formally, the decision lies with the local health authorities – and at least that in Dresden followed the strict line. The question is: is the Dresden example now a school?

Just as many offices with 36 medical officers are responsible for the 36 clubs. Accordingly, it is also conceivable that they come to completely different conclusions. And even if only a few medical officers cause 14-day team quarantines, the game operation could get into turbulence. Which raises the question of how many team quarantines a league can afford without collapsing. The DFL representatives have not yet given a specific number. “It is clear that there is certainly a size, then at some point it will no longer be feasible,” said league boss Seifert on ZDF.

But there is also another unknown variable: the professionals and their concerns. When the dynamo players were informed of the positive tests of the two colleagues, who were no longer allowed to appear, there were many stunned expressions, it was said from the mouth of the mouth.

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Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are boxing again – sport

Mike Tyson returns to the ring for a few show fights, and his former competitor Evander Holyfield is boxing again. This is causing a stir in the world of boxing: will the two compete against each other a third time?

Of course, this duel still sounds spectacular. People currently remember particularly legendary sporting events because the corona pandemic does not offer them any live pictures, and when boxing, the two last names are enough for the brain to put a film in the head cinema: Tyson against Holyfield. The first fight in November 1996 was a sporting treat, the second a scandal a few months later because Tyson actually bit off his opponent’s ear.

There has been no third fight – until now. Both Tyson and Holyfield have announced their comeback, both want to do a few show fights for a good cause – and the boxing world is in turmoil: They won’t really compete against each other?

The trigger is a short video: You can see Tyson, 53, who has apparently gotten into shape and maltreated the claws of his trainer Rafael Cordeiro. It only takes a few seconds, but afterwards Cordeiro claimed that during this training he saw his life go by in front of his eyes: “He is still as fast and powerful as people at 22 and 23 years old.” Things that boxing coaches say when they want to keep their jobs. Tyson himself posted the video on Twitter, stating that he was still the baddest person on the planet.

“I do two hours of endurance training a day,” Tyson later said in an interview with rapper T.I. on the Instagram Live platform: “Then comes boxing training, 25 to 30 minutes on the claws. I want these combinations to work again – but it hurts a lot. I feel like three people have thrown the shit out of me . ” He wants to get into a fighting form and return to the ring for a few show fights: “For a good cause, three or four rounds. I would like to raise some money for the homeless or drug addicts like I was.”

Tyson, who beat his shadow at the start of his career, was not even a shadow of himself at the end of his career. He not only lost to the great boxers Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, but also to people like Danny Williams and Kevin McBride , and like anyone who has been great, these performances looked all the more terrible because the memory had saved a terrific boxer and not this guy who would be shown like a circus attraction. “I don’t want to insult this sport anymore,” said Tyson after losing to McBride in 2004: “It’s time to continue my life.”

Holyfield publishes a picture with only one word on Twitter: “Comeback”

Like so many athletes, Tyson realized after his career that there was still a lot of life left – and at first he didn’t know what to do with it. “I’ve squandered my entire life, I’m a failure,” he said in 2005: “I just want to run away.” He did that at first, but he quickly recovered. He appeared in films like Hangover, the self-ironic stand-up comedy program Undisputed Truth was very successful, the book of the same name was a bestseller. There were still mistakes, but these were now unspectacular for someone who declared himself the baddest person in the world.

The Mike Tyson myth was also nurtured by the stories off the ring: by the allegations of his first wife Robin Givens, for example, that she was afraid of him, or by the conviction for rape in 1992. Tyson was portrayed as someone you only see in the ring to let go of other people (even that was doubted in Evander Holyfield’s ear after the bite) and otherwise had to tame – which always led to debates after the end of his career, what would happen if he competed against successors such as Wladimir Klitschko or Anthony Joshua . The almost unanimous opinion: Tyson in top form would not only defeat them all, but destroy them.

That’s why Tyson’s announcement that he wants to return to the ring for a few show fights is causing excitement – even US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: “Go ahead, Mike!” The question, of course: Who should Tyson fight? Danny Williams, Tyson’s penultimate opponent in 2004, told the British newspaper The Sun.that he would compete: “My name is in the draw, I’m just waiting for an answer.” Mind you: Williams is 46 years old since the knockout against Tyson by K.o. in the fourth round he lost more fights (25) than he won (22).

Another possible opponent: Evander Holyfield, four years older than Tyson. He published a picture on Twitter two days after the Tyson video with just one word: “Comeback”. On Wednesday, he announced that he would collect donations for his Unite4OurFight foundation and therefore want to return to the ring for a few show fights. Black and white pictures of the training can be seen, then Holyfield looks into the camera and says: “I’m back!” There is no more information at the moment – but that’s exactly what they want when it comes to boxing: tip the people so that as many of them as possible turn on in the end.

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Spain – League start planned for June – Sport

The Spanish football league apparently wants to resume play on June 20. Javier Aguirre, Mexican trainer from CD Leganes, said in an interview that the league initially declined to confirm. According to Aguirre, the season should be completed by July 26th. Most clubs are starting training these days: FC Barcelona started on Friday, Real Madrid get on Monday.

In extensive tests, however, five players in the first and second league are said to have tested positive for the corona virus. As the public broadcaster RAC1 reported, the tests carried out on Thursday identified three first division players and two second division players for all teams. The three first division players should come from three different clubs, the two second division players from one club. In Spain, game operations have been suspended since March 12. With a good 26,000 deaths and 220,000 cases of infection, Spain is one of the countries most affected by the pandemic.

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Football Bundesliga – Five substitutions possible – sport

Several games a week, where possible even in high summer! Due to the expected heavy burden for footballers in the corona crisis, a decades-long basic rule of the game has been temporarily overturned. As the regulators of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and the FIFA World Cup announced on Friday, five instead of three substitutions per game will be allowed in the future. The new regulation could also soon be applied in the Bundesliga and the second division, which will start playing on May 16.

“This immediate, temporary change was introduced because of a tight calendar and games that can be extremely hot, which could affect both players’ wellbeing,” said FIFA, who submitted the proposal to IFAB. The rule-keepers had previously given the green light.

The new switch contingent can now be used in all competitions that will be completed by December 31, 2020. The German Football League (DFL) had already considered the rule change: “If this rule is decided by FIFA, the clubs of the Bundesliga and the second Bundesliga will decide on a short-term adoption of this rule,” said DFL managing director Christian Seifert on Thursday.

Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter sees the additional switch options as “more positive signals than more negative ones. On the one hand, you have more tactical options, but you can also make more players happy if you switch them in.” His trainer colleague Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig is also looking forward to more change opportunities: “In principle, I think something of it, because you can influence more and control the load better.”

However, as the FIFA clarified, the rule change is not a binding requirement. It is up to the leagues and associations to decide whether to implement them or not. It will only be decided at a later date whether the reform will be extended to the coming year 2021. With regard to the flow of the game, the opportunities for five substitutions are limited in time. Each team has a maximum of three opportunities for substitution during regular playing time, so excessive time play should be avoided. You can still switch during the half time. If both teams make a substitution at the same time, they both lose a change window.

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Football packs do not know a distance rule – sport

The Bundesliga start on May 16 is to a certain extent in the service of science: No doctor can currently specify how high the risk really is for those involved.

Nothing helps, the Bundesliga has to deal with the pandemic. New in the program are strict hygiene concepts, separation rules for the shower and medical tests, which are not about lactate levels, but about the viral load. Maybe the clubs have to get used to an additional team, a 19th club in every professional league. He can’t become a champion, neither can he relegate, but it would qualify for the Champions League. And possibly this ominous team will get considerable growth before the start of the transfer period – free of charge.

We’re talking about a club that could be called Corona Sports Group, Pandemia 05 or Aerosol Heinsberg; the westernmost district of the republic is not only known for contagious carnival sessions, but has long become synonymous with the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in Germany. The club with the founding year 2020 would not be a traditional club, it would rather be made up of those professionals who, in the season that continues on 16 May, are infected across the league with the novel corona virus and then tested positive. Every day there would be a few more kickers.

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The DFL has tried to protect at least the players, coaches and coaches from infections. The backdrop without a spectator essentially makes the number one popular sport a sterile event, but it will still not be aseptic. Because even if there is no handshake, jersey exchange, enema children and pack formation, passionate football without a duel, heated verbal battles and sprints with the opponent’s aerosol on the neck is difficult to convey.

Can you imagine the Revierderby Dortmund against Schalke if everyone involved does without running duels, scuffles in corners and free kicks, and above all sweat, tears and droplets? Then the opponents could immediately determine the winner on the Playstation or calculate the average results for the rest of the second half of the season – something like Bavaria’s high school graduates for the current half-year.

In this respect, the Bundesliga not only resumes play at a surprisingly early date, but also starts a large field study in which more than 400 players and at least as many coaches, coaches, employees and other helpers take part in the Bundesliga alone. Heroic self-experiments have gone a little out of fashion in medicine, but here young, supposedly healthy men are at the service of science. Possibly, as from the analysis of passengers on cruise ships that had to quarantine, valuable insights will soon emerge from the summer kick of some relegation candidates.

Depending on how much you tend to apocalyptic scenarios, the kick-off next Saturday at 3.30 p.m. can be flagged as an irresponsible human experiment – or as an attempt to minimize the risks as far as the classic film with Jack Nicholson once promised: “It doesn’t get any better.” And besides, a few helpful insights into the spread of the virus in a young, trained population may emerge.

Both perspectives would be scientifically covered. First a pinch of apocalypse: So far, little is known about possible long-term damage after a Covid 19 disease. The five months that the virus has traveled around Europe are too short to reliably predict long-term damage. Doctors from Innsbruck, however, saw changes in the lungs, even if the infected had long since been healthy and released from the clinic. Nobody can say with certainty whether these are harmless residual findings or clinically relevant restrictions, it will only become clear after years.

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Obituary – Who mended the wounds – Sport

Cutman, trainer and pub innkeeper in a hell hole – Jimmy Glenn was a New York institution. Now he died at the age of 89

When Jimmy Glenn, usually around ten o’clock in the evening, entered his bar called “Jimmy’s Corner” on 44th Street near Times Square, the crowd that usually stood in three rows at the counter at that time was divided. More than 80 years old, leaning on a stick and yet lofty, Glenn walked through the shop. He shook hands, let himself be patiently photographed, and finally sat down at a table in the back of the bar and looked at the crowd with satisfaction. It was as if the godfather was there, though: the good godfather.

Jimmy Glenn was a New York institution. He comes from North Carolina and came to town in 1944. At first he tried himself as an amateur boxer. “I knew how to box, but I didn’t have a particularly hard punch,” he said once. One of his two defeats as an amateur caused him Floyd Patterson, who later became world heavyweight champion. Glenn lost a tooth in the fight. “I lost the fight,” he said to the New York Post, “but I kept going to the end.”

He then became a coach and cutman, one of those men who hurriedly patch the wounds on the faces of the boxers during the fight. Glenn has trained hundreds of children in Harlem over the years and has worked with many well-known boxers, including Patterson, Terrence Alli, Ralph Correa, Jameel McCline and John Meekins. He opened the Times Square Boxing Gym in the 1970s, and he trained there whenever Muhammad Ali was in town. Promoter Lou DiBella calls Glenn “an icon and legend” of boxing.

In 1971 he opened Jimmy’s Corner on 44th Street. The area around Times Square wasn’t the Disneyland it is now, but rather a hell of a hole where drugs were sold more or less openly, where pimps and prostitutes argued loudly on the street and where you could always find them at night had to expect to be attacked. This old New York is gladly transfigured today. People remember the raw energy rather than the fact that the area was abundantly dystopian and, above all, dangerous.

Times Square is now a ridiculous ensemble of tourist shops and flashing lights, but in the middle of it is still, almost unchanged, Jimmy’s Corner. There’s nothing to eat in the store, and a beer costs three dollars. The jukebox has soul, funk and R&B. Point. Glenn’s son Adam told a television interview that there wasn’t a single song on the jukebox that his father didn’t like. That is the rule: Jimmy must like the songs, otherwise they will not be played in the bar.

But above all, Jimmy’s Corner is a boxing shrine. Countless photos show the greats of the sport, often with Glenn, posters announce battles from the past, there is a bell from Madison Square Garden and of course gloves on the wall. A picture of Robert De Niro, who plays boxer Jake La Motta in the film “Like a wild bull” hangs near the cash register – some scenes were shot in Jimmy’s Corner. De Niro is one of the prominent guests who stopped by every now and then. Frank Sinatra was there once, as were Sammy Davis Jr. and Michael Jordan. Glenn says that De Niro liked to sit in a corner and read a book.

Adam Glenn has been running the business for several years. He graduated from Harvard Law School and worked as a lawyer for a while, but then decided that it was more important to keep his father’s bar alive. With this bar, Jimmy Glenn made a monument during his lifetime. He had been fighting for his life in the hospital since mid-April. On Thursday, he died at the age of 89 in New York City as a result of Covid-19.

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Football packs do not know a distance rule – sport

The Bundesliga start on May 16 is to a certain extent in the service of science: No doctor can currently specify how high the risk really is for those involved.

Nothing helps, the Bundesliga has to deal with the pandemic. New in the program are strict hygiene concepts, separation rules for the shower and medical tests, which are not about lactate levels, but about the viral load. Maybe the clubs have to get used to an additional team, a 19th club in every professional league. He can’t become a champion, neither can he relegate, but it would qualify for the Champions League. And possibly this ominous team will get considerable growth before the start of the transfer period – free of charge.

We’re talking about a club that could be called Corona Sports Group, Pandemia 05 or Aerosol Heinsberg; the westernmost district of the republic is not only known for contagious carnival sessions, but has long become synonymous with the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in Germany. The club with the founding year 2020 would not be a traditional club, it would rather be made up of those professionals who, in the season that continues on 16 May, are infected across the league with the novel corona virus and then tested positive. Every day there would be a few more kickers.

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The DFL has tried to protect at least the players, coaches and coaches from infections. The backdrop without a spectator essentially makes the number one popular sport a sterile event, but it will still not be aseptic. Because even if there is no handshake, jersey exchange, enema children and pack formation, passionate football without a duel, heated verbal battles and sprints with the opponent’s aerosol on the neck is difficult to convey.

Can you imagine the Revierderby Dortmund against Schalke if everyone involved does without running duels, scuffles in corners and free kicks, and above all sweat, tears and droplets? Then the opponents could immediately determine the winner on the Playstation or calculate the average results for the rest of the second half of the season – something like Bavaria’s high school graduates for the current half-year.

In this respect, the Bundesliga not only resumes play at a surprisingly early date, but also starts a large field study in which more than 400 players and at least as many coaches, coaches, employees and other helpers take part in the Bundesliga alone. Heroic self-experiments have gone a little out of fashion in medicine, but here young, supposedly healthy men are at the service of science. Possibly, as from the analysis of passengers on cruise ships that had to quarantine, valuable insights will soon emerge from the summer kick of some relegation candidates.

Depending on how much you tend to apocalyptic scenarios, the kick-off next Saturday at 3.30 p.m. can be flagged as an irresponsible human experiment – or as an attempt to minimize the risks as far as the classic film with Jack Nicholson once promised: “It doesn’t get any better.” And besides, a few helpful insights into the spread of the virus in a young, trained population may emerge.

Both perspectives would be scientifically covered. First a pinch of apocalypse: So far, little is known about possible long-term damage after a Covid 19 disease. The five months that the virus has traveled around Europe are too short to reliably predict long-term damage. Doctors from Innsbruck, however, saw changes in the lungs, even if the infected had long since been healthy and released from the clinic. Nobody can say with certainty whether these are harmless residual findings or clinically relevant restrictions, it will only become clear after years.

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Basketball – Unheard of Player Worries – Sports

The Bundesliga basketball players are by no means as enthusiastic about the possible continuation of the season as the clubs suggest: the frustration among the professionals is growing that the league does not speak to them.

Before the big politicians decided on Wednesday to restart the Bundesliga operations of the footballers, the small club “Athleten Deutschland” quickly sent a position paper on “Resuming competition operations in times of the corona pandemic”. The advocacy group for local athletes, founded in 2017, calls, among other things, for the affected athletes to have a say in the corresponding concepts. What sounds like a matter of course is obviously an urgently needed warning, as Johannes Herber suggests, the managing director of “Athleten Deutschland”.

The 37-year-old was once a basketball professional, even a national player, and he still has good contacts with his former colleagues. According to the will of the officials announced on Monday, they will resume the season that was interrupted in March – provided the authorities approve the hygiene and safety concept presented on Thursday. If they do this by May 18, the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) wants to determine a German champion 2020 in a tournament form with ten teams in June in Munich; The professionals have to complete ten games within three weeks. “The basketball players are already ready to play, but they want to be informed,” says Herber cautiously: “There are many questions that are open to the players.”

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If you have heard club representatives in the past few days, everyone has assured that their players can hardly wait to play again. If you asked players, it was certainly not the case.

“I am very critical of this,” said Niels Giffey, the captain of cup winner Alba Berlin, the SZ. “I’m also torn,” said Danilo Barthel, the captain of the German champions Bayern Munich, in the podcast by the TV rights holder Magentasport. Frankfurt international Akeem Vargas said in an interview FAZ, he was curious about “what the security concept should look like”. In any case, not only Barthel thinks: “I would have liked to hear the voices of the players, what they might have worries in the whole procedure.” Niels Giffey puts one of the concerns as follows: “There is a huge potential for injury.”

At the moment, basketball players only train individually. “As a professional athlete, I find it difficult to get to a level that is playable in this short time after the competition break,” explains Akeem Vargas. Danilo Barthel describes his current state of fitness as follows: “If it were a game now, I would probably have to show a change after five minutes and would not know how quickly I can recover.” In view of the scarce preparation, the planned tournament “is a state of emergency for all players”.

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Sport after a corona break – boxing like in a drive-in cinema – sport

How can fighting continue in boxing? Promoter Ulf Steinforth is working on the concept for a first fight evening after the Corona break and is also thinking of spectators in their own car.

A boxer is an athlete looking for closeness. In the cabin he has his hands wrapped in bandages, usually by his trainer, the two sit opposite each other, gladly in almost devout silence. Before the fight, the boxers then let their cutman cover their face with petroleum jelly to largely avoid wounds (Wladimir Klitschko swore by coconut butter). In every lap break there are only a few centimeters between the boxer nose and the trainer nose, for the most intensive response possible; at the same time the cutman wipes around the face, more petroleum jelly (or coconut butter), sometimes he still works with cotton swabs to stop the blood. A boxer needs all these moments of closeness to stay completely with himself, because if he does not rest in himself, he risks his health.

And then there are all the close moments in the ring. The seconds in which the fighters stare into each other’s eyes before the first gong and sometimes, as they like to say, straight into the soul. In the fight blows from close range, against the chin, on the temple, on the nose, the heads collide again and again. Blows from a distance, drops of sweat fly back and forth next to the fists, sometimes drops of blood.

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In months when the distance to each other has become a central indicator of living together, boxing seems to have fallen out of time. But it should also continue in professional boxing. So Ulf Steinforth, the promoter of the Magdeburg SES team, says: “Of course, creativity is of the essence here.”

Creativity has never been a problem for Steinforth, 52. As a young man, he made his living by having condom machines installed at Leipzig Central Station in the early 1990s; He has led his SES team since 2000, which may not be home to the most dazzling figures in the industry, but which has made a name for itself in serious planning. Other boxing managers rely on the television money, Steinforth has built up a network of local sponsors. While other boxing teams went bankrupt or disappeared into insignificance, Steinforth has been working calmly over the years. With success.

The currently only German world champion in professional boxing, the light heavyweight Dominic Bösel, is fighting for SES. At the end of March, Bösel should have defended his title, in Magdeburg, the ARD would have broadcast – the event was canceled two weeks before the scheduled date. Since then, Steinforth has been working on a concept that he adapts weekly, sometimes daily – but that should enable him to be able to organize a fight evening again soon.

Since the cancellation in March, Steinforth has been in contact with scientists, virologists, politicians, and also with an engineering firm that specializes in hygiene standards. He followed the procedure in professional football with interest, it was clear to him that his boxers could hardly compete in front of the footballers. The state government in Saxony-Anhalt will announce its new guidelines on Tuesday. At SES, they hope that this will mean that they can then plan a concrete boxing evening again.

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