NOC OF GERMANY - CEREMONY FOR WILLI DAUME’S 100th
29 May 2013
Cologne, 28th May - "It is always with gratitude that I think of this man," said DOSB president Thomas Bach on Friday in welcoming the 150 guests from the worlds of politics, culture, business and sports, including Olympic champions such as Hildegard Falck Kimmich, Katarina Witt, Ulrike Nasse-Meyfarth, Karin Büttner-Janz and Michael Krause, gathered in Cologne to honour the outstanding leader of German sport on occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The ceremony, the motto for which was "Meeting in motion: Sport meets Culture", was held at the German Sports and Olympic Museum. And uniting sport and culture was indeed something close to the heart of Willi Daume, a man who is regarded as a visionary and an aesthete, but also as a persuasive and assertive Sports politician – reports the DOSB official website (http://www.dosb.de).
In his address Bach also remembered how, as head of the German NOC's athletes' commission, he fought side by side with Daume against the German boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games.
Born on 24th May 1913 in Hückeswagen, in Germany, Daume's was a long and outstanding career as sports administrator, a man who, as president of the West German Olympic Committee, played a key role in returning the Olympic Games to Germany in Munich in 1972. President of the NOC from 1979 to 1988, of the German Olympic Society (DOG), and then of the German Sports Aid Foundation for three years, Daume died in Munich on 20th May 1996.
The city of Munich, the DOSB and the German Olympic Academy, which bears Daume's name, deposited a wreath on his tomb in Dortmund.