Germany will be the first country to compete at the Olympics after an aggressive campaign by the German government to promote the country’s sporting and cultural image in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, told reporters Tuesday that Germany has the chance to lead the world in sports and entertainment, but said that the country needs to change the way it looks and the way that people see it.
He called for a “new German culture,” one that is “focusing on our uniqueness and its uniqueness.”
Gabriel said that Germany’s new sports and cultural strategy was designed “to create an environment where we can grow as a nation and not be defined by a narrow image.”
He said that German athletes would have the chance for a better and more diverse life, with a chance to make their own path to the Olympics.
Gabriel said he believes Germany’s sports team can make the Olympics even bigger than the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, when Germany won silver.
“The best way to get the Olympics bigger is to be bold, and to take risks and to try new things,” Gabriel said.
The former U.S. president said that in his opinion, “the German sports team will not be able to compete with the world’s best teams.
We need to be more daring, to be innovative.”
The German team was one of the few teams to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which featured several performances by Olympic athletes, including a number of gymnasts.
Germany is scheduled to take the field at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Games, respectively.
It will not compete in either of those events, despite a number other countries including Brazil and China, participating.
The German government is hoping to convince world leaders to invest billions of dollars in infrastructure and other investments to support its athletes.