German Athletics Association

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German Athletics Association
DLV Logo NEW Red CMYK.svg
Founded January 29, 1898
Place of foundation Berlin
president Jürgen Kessing
societies 7,521
Members 799.205
Association headquarters Darmstadt

The German Athletics Association e. V. ( DLV ) is the umbrella organization for all athletics clubs in Germany. Its seat is in Darmstadt .


Memorial plaque for the founding of the German Sports Authority for Athletics in 1898 on the house, Friedrichstrasse 71, in Berlin-Mitte
Memorial plaque on the Ratskeller in Salzgitter-Bad for the unification of DLV and DVfL

He was on 29 January 1898 in Berlin as the German Sports Authority for Athletics founded in 1908 and at the same time renamed German Sports Authority for Athletics converted associations of a bunch of clubs in a league of (national).

At that time - and until 1933/34 - the regional football associations of the DFB were operationally responsible for athletics events at regional and local level; for example, the North German Football Association held the North German championships in Kiel for the first time in 1908 . Until 1933 there was an athletics committee in the association, the chairman of which had a seat and vote on the NFV board.

In 1933, when German sport was brought into line, the sports authority was renamed the German Athletics Association and finally in 1935 transferred to the Reich Department of Athletics under the direction of Karl Ritter von Halt . There were German championships again as early as 1946, but the DLV was not re-established until 1949 under its current name in Munich, while there had previously been hope for an all-German association. Kassel was determined as the place of business , in 1973 the seat was moved to Darmstadt. On November 24, 1990, the DLV merged with the GDR Athletics Association (DVfL). In 2017, it had more than 815,000 members, spread across almost 7,600 clubs.

Chairperson or President


The DLV is the sixth largest professional association in the German Olympic Sports Confederation . It is divided into twenty regional associations. These form the association council with extensive control rights (including budget rights).

The association is led by an executive committee made up of six elected members with equal rights, supplemented by other positions.

The president is Jürgen Kessing . The DLV vice-presidents are Anja Wolf-Blanke (regional associations), Jochen Schweitzer (finance), Heinz König (business), Hartmut Grothkopp (competitive sport), Matthias Reick (general athletics), Arne Güllich (education and science), Frank O. Hamm (Competition organization and event management) and Dominic Ullrich (youth).

An office with around 50 employees is available to support the Presidium. The DLV office is managed by a general director. The general manager is Cheick-Idriss Gonschinska .

The DLV advertising and license rights are marketed by Deutsche Leichtathletik Marketing GmbH , which also organizes the DLV top events. The former DLP has been operating under the name Deutsche Leichtathletik Marketing GmbH since July 2013 . It is run by the German sports marketing manager Frank Lebert .

In August 2018, the DLV hosted the European Athletics Championships on behalf of the EAA. To prepare and implement them, the DLV founded BEM GmbH (Berlin Leichtathletik-EM 2018 GmbH) in 2015. About 50 employees worked there.

The European umbrella organization of the DLV is the European Athletic Association (EAA). The international umbrella organization is the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Regional associations

The 20 regional associations (LV) of the DLV from north to south:

Northern Germany

In addition to their regional championships, the seven regional associations in Northern Germany also hold joint northern German championships .

Central Germany

In addition to their regional championships, the three regional associations of Central Germany hold joint Central German championships .

West Germany

Up until 2016, the three state associations of West Germany held joint West German championships in addition to their state championships . Up until 2016, FLVW and LVN formed the West German Football and Athletics Association with the Lower Rhine Football Association and the Middle Rhine Football Association .

Southern Germany

In addition to their regional championships, the seven regional associations in southern Germany also hold joint southern German championships . Together they also form the South German Athletics Association .


Nike has been the general supplier of the DLV since January 1, 2005 , previously Adidas .

See also


  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical handbook on the history of German athletics 1898-2005 . 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 published on German Athletics Promotion and Project Society.

Web links

Commons : German Athletics Association  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Inventory survey 2019. (PDF) German Olympic Sports Confederation, accessed on February 15, 2020 .
  2. Detailed description in Jankowski / Pistorius / Prüß : Fußball im Norden, 100 Years of the North German Football Association, Barsinghausen and Peine 2005, esp.p. 54 ff.
  3. ibid., Names of the presidents p. 391.
  4. ^ Arnd Krüger : Sport and Politics. From gymnastics father Jahn to state amateur. Torch bearer, Hanover 1975 ISBN 3-7716-2087-2 .
  5. Friedrich Mevert: The number of federal German umbrella organizations grew , in DOSB Press No. 44 October 27, 2009 ( Memento from April 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF; 1.1 MB) , DOSB , p. 22/23.
  6. National team clothing for seniors., accessed on August 21, 2016 .