In the discussion about the still not granted promotional permission for the new German sports lottery discus gold medalist Robert Harting talked to Bild newspaper and complained about the delay. “It is pure harassment, what we are experiencing,” he said, also ex. boxing champion Henry Maske criticized the delays.
It is pure harassment, what we experience. I suspect that some people want to abuse their power in order to gain a sense of importance. It’s completely free consensus- and logic, what happened there at the time.
Henry Maske compared the situation with a boxing match in which the referee refused “to ring the gong to fight”. It was incomprehensible to him that a private initiative, which is explicitly praised by Chancellor Angela Merkel is blocked. Finally, it is known that the state could not provide alone the necessary funds for elite sport.
The license for the German sports lottery was issued in spring 2014, in September they could have taken their operations. Without the permission to advertise it is not possible to push the lottery on a broad basis. Businessman Gerald Wagner said the German elite sport lost already five million euros in funding by the delay
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey