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RECOMMEN DATIONS “DIE FINALS” – BERLIN 2019 News from the world of Berlin sports Text: Christin Berges Sports fans are really going to enjoy this summer of 2019 in Berlin: over 3,000 athletes are set to compete for 190 titles as part of ten German sporting events – all on one weekend only. On 3 and 4 August, Berlin will host “Die Finals,” at which the country’s best will compete in disciplines ranging from track cycling, archery, boxing, flat-water racing and track & field to modern pentathlon, swimming, gymnastics, triathlon and observed trials. Berliners will get a chance to witness these exciting competitions and extraordinary athletes live – all within the space of 48 hours. Among the prominent names participating are Gina Lückenkemper, Germany’s fastest woman and a European sprint vice-champion, Thomas Röhler, a 2016 Olympic gold-medal javelin thrower and 2018 European champion, and Franziska Weber, an Olympic sprint canoer. The venues for these German championships are spread out across the entire city. For example, spectators can watch competitions at the Olympic Stadium, the Europasportpark swimming and diving arena, the Max Schmeling Halle and the open-water Strandbad Wannsee. Sports enthusiasts can get tickets for the track& field, swimming, gymnastics, boxing and track cycling competitions at www.finals2019.berlin.de. All events in the other sports disciplines are free of charge. Photo: © Arne Mill und Deutsche Triathlon Union 30

BERLIN MOVES UP HERTHA BSC was a founding member of Germany’s premiere soccer league and has long since earned the nickname “Alte Dame” – or “Her gray eminence.” However, the club will not be Berlin’s sole representative in the upcoming season, seeing as 1. FC UNION BERLIN from Berlin-Köpenick just made the leap from second to first league. The “Eisernen” – the “iron ones” – were able to prevail over VfB Stuttgart in their relegation games. In fact, in the return leg at their home stadium (the “Alte Försterei”) all they needed was a 0:0 to move up to the first league. In other sports news: the EISBÄREN BERLIN have already won seven German championships in ice hockey; ALBA BERLIN continues to be one of the leading teams in German and European basketball; the FÜCHSE BERLIN continue to fight on the national and European levels for handball titles; and the BERLIN RECYCLING VOLLEYS just proved their dominance in German volleyball at this year’s finals, where they once again put their longtime rivals, VfB Friedrichshafen, in their place and secured the German Championship – for the seventh time in the last eight years and the fourth time in a row – with a 3:2 win in the playoffs. Audiences who can’t make it to the live events will be able to watch almost 20 hours of live broadcasting from the competitions throughout the weekend on the German TV stations ARD and ZDF. Diehard fans are invited to see full-length coverage of all competitions on the internet. ARD will broadcast “Die Finals” on Saturday, 3 August from 10 am to 7:50 pm. ZDF will broadcast the competitions and supporting program on Sunday, 4 August from 10 am to 7 pm. In addition, a sports program for recreational athletes will take place at the same time as “Die Finals.” The state sports association known as the Landessportbund Berlin is organizing a family sports festival at the Olympiapark complex expected to attract roughly 70,000 over the course of two days. Plus, up to 800 individuals are expected to take part in the Jedermann Triathlon on 3 August. In other words, “Die Finals – Berlin 2019” is gearing up to combine a multitude of synergies that will allow Berliners to experience and take part in sports. SPORTMETROPOLE BERLIN INITIATIVE – 10TH ANNIVERSARY Berlin is Germany’s sports capital – both for recreational and professional sports. Back in 2009, in an attempt to secure Berlin’s status as a city of world-class sports, a unique initiative called the “Sportmetropole Berlin” was launched. It began marketing the German capital as a leading location for sports on a national and international level. The initiative marked a unique collaboration in Germany by gathering the most important decision-makers in the world of Berlin sports with those from the world of Berlin business. First conceived as a “Sports and Business” working group at the IHK Berlin, the initiative will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. On 14 August, there will be a special Sportmetropole Berlin initiative “season opener” at the Verti Music Hall. Leading decision-makers drawn from the worlds of business, politics, sports and culture are expected to attend. Among the initiators of the Sportmetropole Berlin initiative are Berlin’s professional sports clubs (1. FC Union Berlin, ALBA Berlin, Berlin Recycling Volleys, Eisbären Berlin, Füchse Berlin, Hertha BSC), the BMW BERLIN MARATHON, major Berlin sports venues (Max Schmeling Hall, Mercedes Benz Arena, Olympiastadion Berlin, Stadion an der Alten Försterei, Velodrome), the Landessportbund Berlin sports association, the Olympiastützpunkt Berlin training center, the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), the Berlin Senate Department for Internal Affairs and Sport, visitBerlin and Partner für Berlin. 31

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