Olympic champion Wasmeier shocked by Chancellor Scholz: “What he is doing is shameful”

Markus Wasmeier is not happy with Olaf Scholz.

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The war in Ukraine also moves double Olympic champion Markus Wasmeier. He helps where he can. And he makes a clear announcement to the Federal Chancellor.

Schliersee – Markus Wasmeier is upset. The war in Ukraine and the suffering of the people he has known for years, has occupied his mind for weeks and almost 24 hours a day. “My phone is empty after four hours, it shines,” he reports. Messages continue to “disturb”, combined with questions about how things are going for those he does not hear: “Are you still alive, are you no longer alive? This is very stressful. “

Wasmeier, the two-time Olympic champion at Lillehammer in 1994, is not one to complain. He treats. He helps with all the consistency and a motivated group of supporters, wherever he can. Consequently. Only one, he thinks, does not go well with it. Chancellery. “I’m sorry for what Scholz is doing, it ‘s embarrassing. “I am ashamed of what is happening in front of the Ukrainians,” Wasmeier told SID. Olaf Scholz should speak clearly “and not roar”.

Wasmeier has long dealt with Ukraine: “Many friendships were established”

Wasmeier can withstand criticism. He has been on this topic for over a decade. In 2009, at the suggestion of a Ukrainian neighbor, he organized a festival at his open-air museum in Schliersee, where Ukrainians could present and live “their culture, dance, clothing and handicrafts.” “From this,” he reports, “many friendships have developed. And when friends called for help, the former ski star did not hesitate.

For years, Wasmeier has been in Crimea, annexed in 2014, and in the war-torn Donbass, has organized 20 ambulances and equipped hospital wards with equipment. But now calls for help have taken on a whole new dimension. Ever since Russia instigated the war in Ukraine, Wasmeier and his aides from Ukraine-Hilfe Schliersee have had no peace for a moment: “We have come a long way.”

Wasmeier organizes donations and aid

Wasmeier did not think long. “Please, please help us,” friends would have begged, “and then start.” Twice he has already driven 3.5 tonnes of aid he had collected or funded from donations through Slovakia to Ukraine. Immediately after the border, the Ukrainians take over the logistics. “Tuesday or Wednesday” will have a transport of a total of 18 tons, mainly with medical equipment.

Help is not a one-way street. Wasmeier and dedicated supporters of the active “We help people” association quickly received 54 people from the “closest circle” from Ukraine, while Schliersee has accepted a total of 200 refugees. They have even set up a civic office in the community to organize things like going to the authorities or looking for a place to live. Wasmeier himself housed a couple with two children.

Wasmeier “proud” of Schlierseer – and praises Baerbock

What people achieved in Schliersee, how they sometimes “burn”, this, says Wasmeier, “makes me proud”. Working together motivates him, motivates everyone – and yet of course there are “ups and downs”. After all, they all suffer. Women and children from Ukraine are understandably always “completely exhausted” when they receive bad news from home, says Wasmeier.

The motivation is still uninterrupted. It takes 12 to 15 hours for aid to arrive at their destinations in Ukraine, says Wasmeier, and he happily reports, “Then I always take pictures,” for example of supplied hospitals. But the “best thing” is when the kids gather at his museum two or three times a week: “When you look at how they play and laugh, I know: everything was done right.”

Now, Wasmeier wants, only the chancellor should finally show a “clear priority” – such as Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, the FDP’s defense expert, or as “who would have thought”, the Minister of Exterior Annalena Baerbock. Because the Ukrainians, says Wasmeier, “they are fighting for us.” (SID)

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