Press Conference: Retired Markus Deibler speaks out on German funding for top swimmers

by Daniela Kapser 0

April 12th, 2015 Europe, International, News

Sunday morning during the German national championships in Berlin, a press conference was held with retired 100 IM SC World record holder and 2014 World champion Markus Deibler. Deibler, 25, is now the owner of an ice-cream parlor in Hamburg. His brother Steffen, 27, pulled out of the German National Championships because of illness – but he is pre-qualified for the World championships in Kazan.

Markus’ new life is now all around his business. At the moment, he doesn’t swim – his train-down program is cycling.

“Swimming with the team here in Hamburg was a very cool time and I miss the comradeship – but my brother will stay in swimming so of course the connection to my long time sports will remain,” he said. Deibler doesn’t use his success in swimming for his new business, there aren’t medals or photos on the walls. He said that he is lucky to get from the busy life of a top swimmer directly into business life. But he also critized the missing financial support for top athletes in Germany – he said, he was lucky to have private sponsors. He stated that on the one side Germany has high expectations in top athletes but on the other side the economic support is on a low level. This gap has to be filled in the sport of swimming or the achievements will stay on the same level it’s been at (Germany won no medals in swimming in London). “If you want medals, you must support the athletes on a corresponding level,” he said. Deibler obviously enjoys his new life but also will stay connected with swimming.

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