Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 169

won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany heads the FIFA World Rankings. Trained by Joachim Löw, the team is considered to be tactically flexible, and stands for a modern interpretation of the game. The national team squad includes several players with a migratory background, such as Jérôme Boateng, Sami Khedira, and Mesut Özil. Sporting recognition and success in various disciplines Alongside football, popular sports are gymnastics, tennis, shooting, athletics, GLOBAL Anti-Doping Initiatives With the founding of the World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) in 1999 and the commitment of all stakeholders to a zero-tolerance policy towards doping, the need arose for a uniform set of rules that applied world-wide. This was implemented for the first time in 2003 with the foundation of the World AntiDoping Code (WADC). The latest World Anti-Doping Code came into force on 1 January 2015. → wada-ama.org handball and riding. But other sporting events are also highly successful, for example the J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt am Main. Raced by over 70,000 participants from 2,780 companies, the programme of the Federal Foreign Office. It corporate charity run is regarded as the is a firm part of its cultural relations and biggest event of its kind in the world. education activities abroad, and has already supported more than 1,400 short and long- German sport is a success story in many re- term projects in various sports in over 100 spects. This is thanks in no small measure countries. One example is the sport project to the promotion of sport. This way, around “Kicken statt kämpfen – Bolzen für Toler- 3,800 athletes from almost all Olympic anz”, which involved 16 female and male disciplines, traditional non-Olympic sports, football coaches receiving training in kids’ as well as disabled and deaf sport are spon- and youth football. The idea is for young- sored. Supporting athletes who have dis- sters suffering from the long-term effects of abilities is likewise an important aspect. violent conflict to address the idea of fair And here too, having now won a total of play through games. 1,492 medals (2014), athletes from Germany have been highly successful at in- In this and many other ways, German sport ternational competitions and the Paralym- is striving to reach levels of excellence as a pic Games. means of crisis prevention, and understanding between peoples, and as an ambassador “On the Move – Overcoming Borders” is the for more fairness, tolerance, integration, motto of the International Sports Promotion peaceful competition, and performance.