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SBD Global/August 29, 2012/Events and Attractions

German Sports Support Raises Its Medal Bonuses For Paralympic Athletes

The German Sports Federation of Disabled Athletes (DBS) and nonprofit German Sports Support "agreed to raise the bonuses for Medal-winning athletes at the 2012 London Paralympic Games," according to the DPA. The German Sports Support will pay €7,500 ($9,400) instead of €4,500 ($5,700) for a Gold Medal, €5,000 ($6,300) instead of €3,000 ($3,800) for a Silver Medal and €3,000 instead of €1,500 ($1,900) for a Bronze Medal. DBS President Friedhelm Julius Beucher said, "The increase of the bonuses is an appreciation for the performances of people with disabilities and therefore a step toward equality of disabled and non-disabled people." The German Sports Support financially supports 118 out the 150 athletes of the German Paralympic team. So far, the German Sports Support has already spent €2.63M ($3.3M) for the support of disabled athletes in '12. The estimated amount that will be paid to Medal-winning athletes at the Paralympic Games "is in the middle six-digit range" (DPA, 8/28).
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