Days, 7 Good News: From Bernhard to Boris to Hany, the Honey

LISTICLE | 11/17/2021
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.
Antonia Wille

We think: Every now and then you need good news. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood, that's our motto in this news format. And we'll get right to it. With a tennis boom - almost - like Boris Becker, Bernhard Langer, who is capable of triumph despite his back, footballer Hany, the Honey. And with the Lex Hubbard - a groundbreaking new regulation of the IOC for transgender athletes.


Mental Presence at the Olympics Poor

So it wasn't because of too tight shoes or too much fast food: After the flops of the German athletes at the Olympic Games and Paralympics, there is now actually a well-founded cause research. A miserable mental presence of the athletes was the reason for the poor performance, scientists of the German Sports University determined in a study among 1122 squad athletes. Almost a third of them stated that they had not been fully mentally present in Tokyo. Even a quarter of the German finalists in Tokyo made this statement. The head of the board of Deutsche Sporthilfe, Thomas Berlemann, now hopes that the search for the causes of the almost 20 years of declining success will be followed by the right answers from coaches and officials. „That's why you also have to ask the athletes about their wishes and concerns in order to achieve the turnaround."


Go for it Hany, honey!

Schweini wanted to rock the US Soccer League, Hany does: Hany Mukhtar is among the five candidates for Major League Soccer's most valuable player of the season. While former FC Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger found more of a outlet in the US, the 26-year-old Berlin native is at the peak of his career overseas. He has been involved in almost half of the goals scored by his team, Nashville SC. Maybe Mukthar will clean up in the playoffs now. We're keeping our fingers crossed for Hany, honey (darling) of US Soccer.


Thank you, Amnesty International

Only Amnesty International can do that: While football fans all over the world are watching to see if their national team qualifies for the World Cup, the human rights organization is looking at something completely different. One year before the start of the World Cup in Qatar, Amnesty is rapping the sheikhs on the knuckles. Interim progress would stagnate. "Old exploitative practices" are returning. That means migrant workers remain at the mercy of their employers. Dear Fifa officials, why don't you take a turn reading the Amnesty report instead of your bank statements? Don't be surprised if the calls for a boycott of the World Cup find supporters after all.


A Boom like Last Time with Boris Becker and Steffi Graf

The last time this happened was in the days of Boris Becker and Steffi Graf: for the first time since 1995, the number of members in the number of members in the German Tennis Federation. The clubs counted 1.383 million tennis players this year - around 17,000 more than in 2020. The membership figures thus developed against the trend of the other sports within the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), where there were probably declining membership figures due to Corona. Tennis is thus possibly a Corona winner, says DTB President Dietloff von Arnim. „Tennis, as a low-contact sport that can be played outside in pairs, and with a lot of distance, has become a newly and rediscovered sport for many people in these difficult Corona times."


You Got a Back? Ask Bernhard Langer

Others have backs and stay down. He has his back and becomes champion: Bernhard Langer has once again proven why he is a true legend. At the age of 64, he won the Charles Schwab Cup, the season's overall ranking for senior golfers over the age of 50, for the sixth time despite back problems. "Very grateful," said the German, who became a star decades ago in the United States. Langer then thanked his caddie, wife, children and grandchildren. "I'm a blessed man and I'm thankful for that." There was no shortage of melancholy, however - as Langer believes that in the future, the competition will be too strong for him and he won't be able to win another title. "It's probably my last one, I'm almost sure of it."


The St. Pauli of eSports?

Well, if they hear that on St. Pauli, there can be muzzles... The new club in the German eSport scene, Eintracht Spandauwants to become the "St. Pauli of eSports". Now the question is whether a club mentality can be planned purely virtually on the drawing board? FC St. Pauli has developed and internalized this as a football club over decades with its fans. But so be it - we also fell for this PR trick. Honestly, we are now looking with more curiosity at the next eSport season, which starts in January. And the real St. Pauli will hopefully have collected more points for promotion to the 1st league by then.


More Scope for Transgender Athletes

I wonder if Laurel Hubbard will be so happy that she'll be whirling her weights through the air? After all, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now thought about the transgender weightlifter from New Zealand during the Olympics after the uptight debates. From next year on, there should be an end to rigid rules for transgender athletes. A new IOC has published allows much more leeway for the access of transgender athletes. For example, there will no longer be a uniform level of testosterone that is tested. Simply assuming that transgender athletes have an advantage is also no longer allowed. Suffering and psychological injuries of transgender athletes should be avoided. If only the latter would succeed, the sport can do a great service - thanks to the Lex Hubbard...

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