DOSB President Alfons Hörmann was among the speakers at the national governing body's General Assembly in Frankfurt ©Getty Images

The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) has held its 16th General Assembly in Frankfurt, with the integrity of sport and the situation of trainers in national sport the main topics.

In his speech, DOSB President Alfons Hörmann focused on the value orientation of organised sports in Germany. 

"The integrity of sport is our highest asset," Hörmann said.

"Our entire action in German sports from the bottom to the top is determined by the values of sport." 

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer emphasised in his speech the "exemplary variety" of the DOSB's activities and its 101 member organisations. 

He stressed the importance of partnership-based cooperation between politics and sport. 

"Sport is characterised by competition, even the best ideas," Seehofer said.

"And yet we experience a close-knit community that stands together, grows together, and whose athletes, 30 years after the fall of the wall from all parts of Germany, keep up the good work in competition and represent our country in an exemplary way.

"As a partner and sponsor we are strengthening sport with solid basic funding of top-class sport and a specific concentration of the special support measures on the athletes, who have the potential for finals and thus good chances on the podium."

Germany's preparations for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were discussed at the General Assembly ©Getty Images
Germany's preparations for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo were discussed at the General Assembly ©Getty Images

Thomas de Maizière, chairman of the DOSB's Ethics Committee, emphasised the importance of integrity in sport in his keynote speech.

In an attempt to ensure integrity, the DOSB intends to further intensify its work in the areas of good governance, combating match-fixing and doping, and preventing and intervening in sexual violence. 

On the subject of prevention of sexual violence, the General Assembly passed a resolution obliging all associations to adopt a sexual violence prevention model.

In the future, the DOSB and its affiliates are also said to want to step up their efforts to counteract the lack of physical activity of children and adolescents. 

Furthermore, the DOSB has launched the multi-year project "TrainerInSportdeutschland".

The aim is to sustainably improve the situation of trainers in German sport, from the grassroots to the top level.

For coaches in competitive sports, the General Assembly adopted the concept of "improving the working conditions for trainers".

Its effects, according to Hörmann, have led to significant improvements in the training and competition conditions for athletes. 

Regarding next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the DOSB says it expects perfect organisation and sports facilities. 

"I am sure that we will be competing in Germany with a high performance and highly-motivated team," Hörmann said. 

"The athletes will once again be great ambassadors for our country."