Despite all the criticism of the evaluation bases: PotAS is and remains the heart of the competitive sports reform in Germany. Even if it’s still a long time coming. The sports politicians across the parliamentary groups agree: the so-called potential analysis system, PotAS for short, offers plenty of illustrative material on how the chances of success of individual sports are evaluated.
Sabine Poschmann (SPD) calls for a public debate
Now the public debate must finally be accelerated about which sport Germany wants, says the chairwoman of the SPD in the sports committee, Sabine Poschmann: “If we say we want to see more success through medals, how do we define that? So we want to build on the leading group there, which I think is difficult, do we want to be in the top ten? Do we want more breadth? This has not yet been fully discussed and decided, and until then it is of course difficult to come to a conclusion.”
Tina Winklmann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) wants top-class sport and breadth
However, the funds have been flowing since this year depending on the PotAS ranking. The German Athletics Association, which is in first place, receives 12 percent more funding than in 2019, while the German Basketball Association, which is at the bottom of the ranking, receives almost 60 percent less. Tina Winklmann from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen is divided: Top-class sport yes, but she also advocates diversity in sport: “We are a sporting nation. We have wonderful athletes, we have excellent sports facilities, we want to show that to the world. And if we forget mass sport, then I have no offspring. But if I don’t have the lace, I don’t have the idol, I don’t have the poster in the children’s room, and I need that to say: I’ll do it too.”
Gloomy prospects for the medal table
It is also clear that in order to be anywhere near as successful as, for example, at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, things have to happen quickly now. At that time, the German team won 82 medals. Urs Granacher, who heads the independent PotAS Commission, calculates how few there could be at the upcoming summer games: “31 in Paris, 26 in Los Angeles and 20 in Brisbane. That’s the calculation based on developments since 1992 means: if we want to avoid that, now is the high road to do something.”
However, that was already clear before today’s meeting of the sports committee.