The Hamburger Sportbund (HSB) has criticized the fact that the city wants to use school sports halls again to accommodate refugees. The social authority declared on Wednesday that five so-called three-field halls should be planned as emergency accommodation at short notice, the HSB announced on Thursday. The association called it "not a good signal for Hamburg's sport" because these halls were used by sports clubs during the summer holidays.
In addition, sports halls are "integration rooms and should not be kept permanently for other uses," it said. According to the information, these are halls in St. Pauli, Winterhude, Bergedorf, Altona and Wilhelmsburg.
Shortly after the beginning of the Russian war of aggression in the Ukraine, the city had sports halls prepared for the accommodation of refugees, but ultimately did not use them. "We understood the absolute emergency situation in the city in February and March of this year," said HSB CEO Daniel Knoblich. On the other hand, it is not clear why a short-term use of the sports halls is now necessary again after several months.
Knoblich called for better coordination between the various authorities, "especially with the district sports departments".
From the point of view of the red-green Senate, the situation with regard to those seeking protection from Ukraine is still tense. According to this, 25,000 people from the country attacked by Russia are already living in Hamburg - 15,000 of them are dependent on urban accommodation. And as the spokesman for the social security authority, Martin Helfrich, emphasized to the "Hamburger Abendblatt", around 60 people seeking protection continue to arrive in the Hanseatic city every day.