The district Bukom is part of Ghanas capital Accra and is seated next to the sea. It’s famous to be a breeding ground for talented boxers. World champions and countless box professionals have their origin in this neighbourhood. Nobody knows exactly how many gyms exist here. But there are definetly more than a dozen.
„Will Power“ and „Discipline Boxing Academy“ are two of them. The naming of the gyms reveals the promise of these places: If you train hard enough as a boxer, you will be successful in the future. In some cases this promise becomes reality. In others it doesn’t.
Young athletes go to the gyms day by day. Seeing their admired local stars on the streets motivates them for the daily grind. They are hoping for their breakthrough. So do the coaches, who would also benefit from their success.
Senior sports. By hearing this term, many of us have images of infirm elderly people doing exercises in the common room of a retirement home in their mind's eye. They powerless stretch thera bands or move slowly to music.
But seniors doing sport can also look totally different. There are 80-year-old athletes who still participate in every competition. Javelin throw or gymnastics on the parallel bars – they still have the skill and power to handle it. Maybe not as fast and far like some decades before, but that doesn’t matter. Well, at least that's, what they claim.
When the ball misses its target, when the leg is not so stretchable anymore, many of the sportsmen become grumpy. They are sure: In former years this would have never happened.
But quitting? Next year. Maybe.
Leave it all on the Field
Final versus Berlin – 16:12. Frankfurt proved it once again. They got the triple. Three times in a row the team has won the German Championship. Beni raises his hands in the air: „UNBELIVABLE!“
Tipp-Kick usually is a kids game. But for some hundred players in Germany it’s much more. It’s pure competition. A fight – one on one.
The Long run
During athletic world-championships Kenya is always one of the most successful countries due to the medal count. The reason are their excellent runners. Many people in Kenya suffer from poverty and hard living conditions. The runners want to make their way out of this misery by winning international competitions.
One of these athletes is Abraham Sitieney Kirwa. He is a 31-year-old 1.500m-runner training in Iten (350km northwest of Nairobi). His four kids and the upcoming field-work in mind he usually stands up at 5:30am for his first training session.
Abraham dreams of big victories, international records and an own motorbike. But the competition in Kenya is keen. Everyone hopes for the perfect race.
I beat you
Niko Kappel (23) is a shot-putter – and with his 1,41mof very short stature. In 2016 he won the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. One year later he became world champion in London. In both years he was elected to be the disabled athlete of the year in Germany. Niko trains every day at the Olympic Training Centre in Stuttgart.
14,02 meters is the only length Niko is interested in. That’s his world record. And he is still working to improve it. On the 20th of August he will try his very best at the Para-European-Championchips in Berlin.
Before the competition Niko’s closest rival Bartosz Tyszkowski texted him on Facebook: “I beat you!“. No „hello“, no „greetings“ or „good luck“, only these three words: “I beat you”. Short time Niko thought about replying to the provocation, but in the end, he didn’t respond. He continued training and demonstrated real size.
25 years ago Barcelona was host of the Summer Olympics. In the giant stadiums built on mountain Montjuïc athletes fought for medals.
Nowadays 1.6 million people live in the central city of Barcelona. And sport is still omnipresent in town. Sportsmen meet on football areas between apartments, sweat while doing their daily workout at Barceloneta Beach, or play Padel-tennis on one of the glas courts.
The athletes have conquered the urban space.
Hit Machine Robin Schulz
He gets paid up to 100.000 euro per gig, his youtube channel has more than 1.6 billion views and he received countless international awards for his music. Robin Schulz is the most succesful German DJ of all times. The 30-year-old artist was born in Osnabrück. By now he has nearly seen the whole world. His tours sell out quickly – no matter if in America, Asia or Australia. And in Germany the mostly young fans treat him like a messias. Schulz directs the crowd and the crowd follows him.
Before his breakthrough „Rob“, as he is called by his friends, was unemployed. Just three years later his life has completely changed.
Pump it up!
„Take a quarter-turn to the right“, shouts the competition judge in his microphone. Immediately all the bodybuilders do what they have been asked for and show the audience their back view. Not one single gram of fat can be seen. Their muscles look so massive and tight, that you could be afraid, they will explode soon. The glimmering oil intensifies the impression.
"Welcome to the second Niedersachsencup of bodybuilding."
A life full of Ping and Pong
In 2013 Nicolás Burgos came to Germany with an ambitious plan. He wanted to become a professional table tennis player. The 16-year-old Chilean lives together with over 20 youngsters in Eilenburg, next to Leipzig. The teenagers here come from all over the world.
Day by day Nicolás smashes countless balls over the net, works on his footwork and improves his techniques together with his coach Marco. Besides being Nicolás trainer, Marco takes on the role of a second father figure, providing support in all circumstances.
In season 2016/17 Nicolás did not lose a single game in the mens Verbandsliga in Saxony. He won all of his twelve singles. He also won the title during the Youth South American Championships and could qualify for the Youth-Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aires.