EIt was up to Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU) to make the most amazing confession on the evening of the sports press ball. Before Rhein presented his predecessor Volker Bouffier with the Pegasos for his services to the sport, he not only spoke about Bouffier’s achievements as a basketball player and promoter of sport in his political career, but also about his own failures. He likes to ride his racing bike and runs five kilometers every morning to get his mind going. But he probably has to go a step further, because unfortunately you don’t see it in his stature. He felt that painfully on Saturday afternoon. “I chipped my tuxedo jacket button and had to sew it back on myself,” he confessed. “I have to do some more sports.”
In the meantime, Rhein prescribed at least a little exercise in the fresh air after the ball night on Sunday. Then the prime minister wants to campaign personally as a Frankfurter on the streets of his hometown for going to the ballot box and voting out of Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann. “Tonight it’s time to pay tribute to the athletes,” said Rhein. “But tomorrow I will campaign again.” His party friend Uwe Becker, chairman of the Frankfurt CDU, wants to keep it similar. He also wants to fight for the last voters on Sunday, while he doesn’t want to annoy anyone at the ball.
“It will certainly also be about this in talks here, but tonight is the campaign break,” said Becker. However, he was extremely confident that the deselection would succeed and that the quorum of 30 percent of those entitled to vote who had to vote against Feldmann would be reached. “People have realized that this chapter must end and that it is time to restore dignity to our city.”
Reisig cannot be voted out
Meanwhile, Bernd Reisig from Frankfurt society made more differentiated statements. “Even if it is always played differently: I have never spoken out for Feldmann, but I speak out against dealing with him,” said the former music manager and managing director of FSV Frankfurt. It still applies to him that Feldmann would have to give up his office if he was convicted of the AWO involvement. Reisig emphasized that due to his attitude on Sunday he would not go to the polls either.
Reisig, who belonged to the small delegation of Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) at the beginning of the week as a representative of the interests of the LGBTIQ community and addressed the sensitive issue of tolerance towards sexual orientation in the World Cup host country Qatar, wanted all the more to celebrate the sport on Saturday evening , which is so important for society.
Raffle proceeds for swimming lessons
In this he was in agreement with Prime Minister Rhein, who spoke of the “most important social resource of our society” and promised every conceivable support for sport. Of course, these words are not only being thwarted by clubs in financial difficulties because of the consequences of Corona and the energy crisis. To a certain extent, the sports press ball itself put its finger in the wound with the choice of the beneficiary of the raffle. The mid-five-figure proceeds go to the Franziska van Almsick Foundation, which helps elementary school children learn to swim.