Bayer – One of Germany's Biggest Sports Sponsors

 

Bayer is one of Germany's biggest sports patrons and sports sponsors. As long as the beginning of the 20th century, Bayer began sponsoring sports clubs in the communities surrounding its production sites in order to help its employees make constructive use of their leisure time. Fast-forwarding to the present day, few companies support such a wide range of sporting activities.

Bayer sponsors both elite and recreational sport in the communities surrounding its sites. We have always demonstrated a particular commitment to disabled sports and felt a sense of responsibility for encouraging youth sports.

The Bayarena Leverkusen. Sport.
The SV Bayer soccer team has been wearing the Bayer cross on their shirts since 1936.
Disabled athlete with artificial limb. Disabled Sports.
Two running children. Sport and education.

Indeed, there is probably no other company that supports such a wide range of sport activities. Bayer:

  • supports activities in professional, recreational, youth and disabled sports
  • has concluded sponsorship contracts with individual athletes and with teams, such as the professional soccer players of Bayer 04 Leverkusen, as well as with promoters and sports associations such as the National Paralympic Committee Germany
  • sponsors sports through both funding and investments in facilities and infrastructure (e.g. construction of sports facilities)
  • is eponym of 23 sports clubs near its sites

A Few Facts about Bayer Sports Today:

  • 23 "Bayer" sports clubs
  • approximately 45,000 members
  • 50 different sports
  • 20 top teams in 15 different sports
  • 68 Olympic medals
  • 82 Paralympic medals
  • more than 200 World Championship medals
  • more than 100 European Championship titles
  • more than 800 German championship titles

Approx.

45,000

members
are active in the 23 Bayer sports clubs.

Medals and Achievements

There are many notable landmarks and famous athletes in the history of sports at Bayer. As a result of outstanding achievements and successes on the national and international sporting stage, many individual athletes have become household names. Names of Olympic champions such as Heide Ecker-Rosendahl, Willi Holdorf, Ulrike Meyfarth, Arnd Schmitt, Heike Henkel, Stephan Volkert, Dieter Baumann, Britta Heidemann and many others are closely linked with Bayer.

Boys playing football. Sports.

Bayer is committed to, as a promoter of the sport, that young people can develop their sporting talents.

At the "Paralympics" (the Olympic games for the disabled) participants from Bayer clubs regularly make a major contribution to the achievements of the German team with a large squad. The most successful participants at the Paralympics has been Britta Siegers, Petra Quade, Jörg Frischmann or Kathrin Green and Heinrich Popow.

Athletes wearing the Bayer cross have collected a total of 68 Olympic and 82 Paralympic medals, have won almost 200 World Championship medals and over 100 European Championship titles, and have stood on the winner's podium at German national championships on countless occasions.

Medals of Bayer Athletes at the Olympic Games (Summer & Winter)

Rio de Janeiro 2016 - 1x Gold, 3x Silver

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Annike Krahn Soccer
Silver Lars Bender Soccer
Silver Julian Brandt Soccer
Silver Felix Drahotta Rowing, coxed eight

Gold medal winners: Alexandra Popp (left) and Annike Krahn (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).

Rower Felix Drahotta (RTHC Bayer Leverkusen) and his team mates from
Germany’s men’s coxed eight.

London 2012 - 2x Silver, 1x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Silver Britta Heidemann Épée fencing
Silver Björn Otto Pole vault
Bronze Linda Stahl Javelin

Beijing 2008 - 1x Gold

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Britta Heidemann Épée fencing

Athens 2004 - 4x Silver, 1x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Silver Thomas Rupprath 4x100 m relay medley
Silver Steffen Driesen 4x100 m relay medley
Silver Steffi Nerius Javelin
Silver Britta Heidemann Épée fencing/team
Bronze Sarah Poewe 4x100 m relay medley

Sydney 2000 - 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Bronze Simon Archer Badminton (England), mixed doubles
Bronze Stephan Volkert Rowing, quadruple sculls

Nagano 1998 - 1x Gold

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Marco Jakobs Four-man bobsleigh

Atlanta 1996 - 3x Gold, 1x Silver, 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Stephan Volkert Rowing, quadruple sculls
Gold Jens Fiedler Cycling/sprint
Gold Kristine Andersen Handball (Denmark)
Silver Reka Szabo Foil fencing/team (Rumania)
Bronze Linda Kisabaka 4x400 m relay
Bronze Thomas Becker Canoe slalom/single

Barcelona 1992 - 5x Gold, 5x Silver and 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Stephan Volkert Rowing, quadruple sculls
Gold Arnd Schmitt Épée fencing/team
Gold Petra Roßner Cycling
Gold Heike Henkel High jump
Gold Dieter Baumann 5.000 m
Silver Simone Grässer Field hockey
Silver Kristina Peters Field hockey
Silver Franziska Hentschel Field hockey
Silver Orhan Delibas Boxing light-heavyweight
Silver Robert Andersson Handball
Bronze Arnold Vanderlijde Boxing/heavyweight
Bronze Jan Quast Boxing/light-flyweight

Seoul 1988 - 1x Gold, 2x Silver and 6x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Arnd Schmitt Épée fencing
Silver Arnd Schmitt Épée fencing/team
Silver Christian Schliemann Field hockey
Bronze Ralf Lübke 4x400 m relay
Bronze Christian Schreier Soccer
Bronze Gerd Kleppinger Soccer
Bronze Thomas Hörster Soccer
Bronze Wolfgang Funkel Soccer
Bronze Holger Fach Soccer

Los Angeles 1984 - 2x Gold, 6x Silver and 1x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Fredi Schmidtke 1,000 m time trial
Gold Ulrike Meyfarth High jump
Silver Markku Slawyk Field hockey
Silver Susanne Schmid Field hockey
Silver Corinna Lingnau Field hockey
Silver Andrea Lietz-Weiermann Feldhockey
Silver Dagmar Breiken Field hockey
Silver Jürgen Hingsen Decathlon
Bronze Claus Ploghaus Hammer

Montreal 1976 – 4x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Bronze Paul-Heinz Wellmann 1,500 m
Bronze Reinhard Skricek Boxing/welterweight
Bronze Franz-Peter Hofmeister 4x400 m relay
Bronze Bernd Herrmann 4x400 m relay

Munich 1972 - 2x Gold, 2x Silver and 1x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Heide Rosendahl 4x100 m relay
Gold Heide Rosendahl Long jump
Silver Rita Wilden 400 m
Silver Heide Rosendahl Pentathlon/400 m
Bronze Rita Wilden 4x400 m relay

Mexico City 1968 - 3x Silver, 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
Silver Liesel Westermann Discus
Silver Claus Schiprowski Pole vault
Silver Gerhard Hennige 400 m hurdles
Bronze Gerhard Hennige 4x400 m relay
Bronze Kurt Bendlin Decathlon

Tokyo 1964 - 1x Gold, 1x Silver

Medals Athlete Discipline
Gold Willi Holdorf Decathlon
Silver Wolfgang Reinhardt Pole vault

Medals of Bayer Athletes at the Paralympics

Rio de Janeiro 2016 - 6x Gold, 6x Silver und 3x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Gold Vanessa Low Athletics
1 x Gold David Behre, Johannes Floors, Markus Rehm, Felix Streng Athletics 4x100 m relay
1 x Gold Markus Rehm Athletics
1 x Gold Franziska Liebhardt Athletics
1 x Gold Heinrich Popow Athletics
1 x Gold Birgit Kober Athletics
1 x Silver Vanessa Low Athletics
3 x Silver Irmgard Benusan Athletics
1 x Silver David Behre Athletics
1 x Silver Franziska Liebhardt Athletics
2 x Bronze Felix Streng Athletics
1 x Bronze David Behre Athletics

London 2012 - 4x Gold, 1x Silver, 6x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Gold Markus Rehm Athletics
1 x Gold Heinrich Popow Athletics
2 x Gold Birgit Kober Athletics
1 x Silver Sebastian Iwanow Swimming
1 x Bronze Heinrich Popow Athletics
1 x Bronze Sebastian Iwanow Swimming
1 x Bronze Michaela Floeth Athletics
1 x Bronze Katrin Green Athletics
1 x Bronze Markus Rehm, Heinrich Popow, David Behre
Athletics
1 x Bronze Team:
Sebastian Czpakowski, Jürgen Schrapp, Stefan Hähnlein,
Thomas Renger, Barbaros Sayilir, Heiko Wiesenthal
Sitting volleyball

Beijing 2008 - 1x Gold, 5x Silver and 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Gold Katrin Green Athletics
2 x Silver Natalie Simanowski Cycling
1 x Silver Andrea Hegen Athletics
1 x Silver Mathias Mester Athletics
1 x Silver Heinrich Popow Athletics
1 x Bronze Michaela Floeth Athletics
1 x Bronze Astrid Höfte Athletics

Athens 2004 - 5x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Bronze Astrid Arndt Judo
1 x Bronze Andrea Hegen Athletics
3 x Bronze Heinrich Popow Athletics

Sydney 2000 - 3x Gold and 4x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Gold Team:
Timo Hager, Manfred Kohl, Bernard Schmidl
Volleyball
1 x Gold Michaela Daamen Athletics
1 x Gold Britta Jänicke Athletics
2 x Bronze Jörg Frischmann Athletics
1 x Bronze Britta Jänicke Athletics
1 x Bronze Georg Meyer Athletics

Atlanta 1996 - 1x Gold, 2x Silver and 2x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
1 x Gold Team:
Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Bernard Schmidl, Manfred Kohl
Volleyball
1 x Silver Jörg Frischmann Athletics
1 x Silver Britta Jänicke Athletics
1 x Bronze Britta Jänicke Athletics
1 x Bronze Dirk Mimberg Athletics

Barcelona 1992 - 8x Gold, 3x Silver and 5x Bronze

Medals Athlete Discipline
5 x Gold Britta Siegers Swimming
1 x Gold Team:
Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Bernard Schmidl, Manfred Kohl, Rudolf Dürer, Bernd Heinrich
Volleyball
1 x Gold Jörg Frischmann Athletics
1 x Gold Roberto Simonazzi Athletics
2 x Silver Britta Siegers Swimming
1 x Silver Jörg Frischmann Athletics
2 x Bronze Dirk Mimberg Athletics
1 x Bronze Mannschaft:
Jens Faerber, Siegmund Soicke, Robert Grylak, Joachim Wahl
Sitting volleyball
1 x Bronze Roberto Simonazzi Athletics
1 x Bronze Britta Siegers Swimming

Seoul 1988 - 6x Gold and 6x Silver

Medals Athlete Discipline
3 x Gold Petra Quade Athletics
1 x Gold Team:
Dr. Karl Quade, Siegmund Soicke, Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Rolf Dürer, Manfred Kohl, Bernd Heinrich
Volleyball
1 x Gold Peter Hermann Athletics
1 x Gold Britta Siegers Swimming
3 x Silver Roberto Simonazzi Athletics
1 x Silver Rainer Guhl Athletics
1 x Silver Rita Laux Wheelchair basketball
1 x Silver Britta Siegers Swimming

New York and Stoke Mandeville (GB) 1984 - 2x Gold, 1x Silver

Medals Athlete Discipline
All medals Britta Siegers Swimming