Will fans soon be shouting "ref, white card" instead of "ref, red card" in our country, too? At any rate, referee Catarina Campos drew worldwide attention to a special rule in sports in Portugal during the match between Sporting and Benfica Lisbon. There, referees use the white card to promote ethical values in sport - Campos showed the card to medical staff who had immediately attended to a substitute player who had fallen ill. The principle of rewarding rather than punishing has existed in Portugal for some time - we think it's exemplary.
If not now, when? Anyone who has not yet joined a sports club can now get a 40-euro subsidy from the German government for joining one. The Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German Olympic Sports Confederation are making the sports club check available immediately to 150,000 new members. The federal government wants to ensure that people "get more excited about exercise again," says Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD). We wish them every success.
Climate-neutral at Königssee: The new bobsleigh and luge track currently being built there is set to become the first to be climate-neutral. "We will install as many photovoltaic systems there as we need to generate the electricity we need to run the track," the head of the Bobsleigh and Sledding Association for Germany (BSD), Thomas Schwab, told the "Freie Presse" newspaper. However, Königssee is to be just the beginning - bobsleighing and sledding are to be operated in a climate-neutral manner overall in the future. We think this contribution to more sustainability is great!
This star shines far and wide: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has awarded the Berlin soccer club FC Internationale first prize in the "Great Star of Sport" competition. The club is more sustainable than any other club in Germany. It has veggie sausages, fairly produced jerseys and products from the region. The 10,000 euros in prize money are well deserved.
Thank you Netflix for a new legend: There is now talk of the "Netflix curse" after all the cast members of the docu-series "Break Point" were eliminated early at the Australian Open. We think that's wonderful. What used to be the Bermuda Triangle with its myths of ships that disappeared for inexplicable reasons is now Netflix - only here, tennis stars disappear from the track of success for inexplicable reasons.
The US American Mikaela Shiffrin has achieved what no ski racer before her has ever done: she took her 83rd World Cup victory in the giant slalom in Kronplatz and is now the sole record holder. The following day she then broke her own record: 84th World Cup victory. There is still one record to break: Former Swedish ski racer and two-time Olympic champion Ingemar Stenmark is still ahead of Shiffrin with his record of 86 World Cup victories. It is not even a question of time that the skier will also break this mark.
Now it's a case of keeping your fingers crossed for Stefanos Tsitsipas in Victoria, Australia: if he wins the Australian Open, the Greek wants to give away a large part of his prize money of around two million euros and have a school built. "I have seen how difficult it is for many children in the world to go to school and get a proper education," the tennis star said. Not all children would grow up privileged. We think the Greek's example should set a precedent.