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DSV fires head coach: Buschkow terminated without notice

Dhe German Swimming Association (DSV) had its national coach, Lutz Buschkow, given notice of termination without notice last Friday. Buschkow confirmed this on Sunday on request.

Buschkow was suspended from his position as head diving coach in August after former athlete Jan Hempel accused him of having been informed about years of abuse by his coach from third parties in the association until 1997, but having done nothing.

Buschkow denied in the FAZ that he had been informed of the sexualized violence against Hempel after his disclosure to the national coach Ursula Klinger, who has since died. The hearing scheduled for this Monday as a result of an injunction sought by Buschkow was dropped.

The termination without notice by the DSV on Friday surprised the Berliner “very much after 32 years in the DSV as national coach, head coach, competitive sports director and works council”. That hit him hard. Since the DSV did not initially justify the termination without notice, Buschkow did not want to comment further on the latest development. However, he announced to the FAZ that he wanted to take legal action against the termination without notice this Monday.

This means that the DSV is faced with the next lawsuit. In spring 2021, the association fired sports director Thomas Kurschilgen without notice and was sued. The labor court proceedings have not yet been decided.

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