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



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

GoldAnnike KrahnSoccer
SilverLars BenderSoccer
SilverJulian BrandtSoccer
SilverFelix DrahottaRowing, 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

SilverBritta HeidemannÉpée fencing
SilverBjörn OttoPole vault
BronzeLinda StahlJavelin

Beijing 2008 - 1x Gold

GoldBritta HeidemannÉpée fencing

Athens 2004 - 4x Silver, 1x Bronze

SilverThomas Rupprath4x100 m relay medley
SilverSteffen Driesen4x100 m relay medley
SilverSteffi NeriusJavelin
SilverBritta HeidemannÉpée fencing/team
BronzeSarah Poewe4x100 m relay medley

Sydney 2000 - 2x Bronze

BronzeSimon ArcherBadminton (England), mixed doubles
BronzeStephan VolkertRowing, quadruple sculls

Nagano 1998 - 1x Gold

GoldMarco JakobsFour-man bobsleigh

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

GoldStephan VolkertRowing, quadruple sculls
GoldJens FiedlerCycling/sprint
GoldKristine AndersenHandball (Denmark)
SilverReka SzaboFoil fencing/team (Rumania)
BronzeLinda Kisabaka4x400 m relay
BronzeThomas BeckerCanoe slalom/single

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

GoldStephan VolkertRowing, quadruple sculls
GoldArnd SchmittÉpée fencing/team
GoldPetra RoßnerCycling
GoldHeike HenkelHigh jump
GoldDieter Baumann5.000 m
SilverSimone GrässerField hockey
SilverKristina PetersField hockey
SilverFranziska HentschelField hockey
SilverOrhan DelibasBoxing light-heavyweight
SilverRobert AnderssonHandball
BronzeArnold VanderlijdeBoxing/heavyweight
BronzeJan QuastBoxing/light-flyweight

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

GoldArnd SchmittÉpée fencing
SilverArnd SchmittÉpée fencing/team
SilverChristian SchliemannField hockey
BronzeRalf Lübke4x400 m relay
BronzeChristian SchreierSoccer
BronzeGerd KleppingerSoccer
BronzeThomas HörsterSoccer
BronzeWolfgang FunkelSoccer
BronzeHolger FachSoccer

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

GoldFredi Schmidtke1,000 m time trial
GoldUlrike MeyfarthHigh jump
SilverMarkku SlawykField hockey
SilverSusanne SchmidField hockey
SilverCorinna LingnauField hockey
SilverAndrea Lietz-WeiermannFeldhockey
SilverDagmar BreikenField hockey
SilverJürgen HingsenDecathlon
BronzeClaus PloghausHammer

Montreal 1976 – 4x Bronze

BronzePaul-Heinz Wellmann1,500 m
BronzeReinhard SkricekBoxing/welterweight
BronzeFranz-Peter Hofmeister4x400 m relay
BronzeBernd Herrmann4x400 m relay

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

GoldHeide Rosendahl4x100 m relay
GoldHeide RosendahlLong jump
SilverRita Wilden400 m
SilverHeide RosendahlPentathlon/400 m
BronzeRita Wilden4x400 m relay

Mexico City 1968 - 3x Silver, 2x Bronze

SilverLiesel WestermannDiscus
SilverClaus SchiprowskiPole vault
SilverGerhard Hennige400 m hurdles
BronzeGerhard Hennige4x400 m relay
BronzeKurt BendlinDecathlon

Tokyo 1964 - 1x Gold, 1x Silver

GoldWilli HoldorfDecathlon
SilverWolfgang ReinhardtPole vault

Medals of Bayer Athletes at the Paralympics

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

1 x GoldVanessa LowAthletics
1 x GoldDavid Behre, Johannes Floors, Markus Rehm, Felix StrengAthletics 4x100 m relay
1 x GoldMarkus RehmAthletics
1 x GoldFranziska LiebhardtAthletics
1 x GoldHeinrich PopowAthletics
1 x GoldBirgit KoberAthletics
1 x SilverVanessa LowAthletics
3 x SilverIrmgard BenusanAthletics
1 x SilverDavid BehreAthletics
1 x SilverFranziska LiebhardtAthletics
2 x BronzeFelix StrengAthletics
1 x BronzeDavid BehreAthletics

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

1 x Gold Markus RehmAthletics
1 x GoldHeinrich PopowAthletics
2 x GoldBirgit KoberAthletics
1 x Silver Sebastian IwanowSwimming
1 x BronzeHeinrich PopowAthletics
1 x BronzeSebastian IwanowSwimming
1 x BronzeMichaela FloethAthletics
1 x BronzeKatrin GreenAthletics
1 x BronzeMarkus Rehm, Heinrich Popow, David Behre
1 x BronzeTeam:
Sebastian Czpakowski, Jürgen Schrapp, Stefan Hähnlein,
Thomas Renger, Barbaros Sayilir, Heiko Wiesenthal
Sitting volleyball

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

1 x GoldKatrin GreenAthletics
2 x Silver Natalie SimanowskiCycling
1 x SilverAndrea HegenAthletics
1 x SilverMathias MesterAthletics
1 x Silver Heinrich PopowAthletics
1 x BronzeMichaela FloethAthletics
1 x BronzeAstrid HöfteAthletics

Athens 2004 - 5x Bronze

1 x BronzeAstrid ArndtJudo
1 x BronzeAndrea HegenAthletics
3 x BronzeHeinrich PopowAthletics

Sydney 2000 - 3x Gold and 4x Bronze

1 x GoldTeam:
Timo Hager, Manfred Kohl, Bernard Schmidl
1 x GoldMichaela DaamenAthletics
1 x GoldBritta JänickeAthletics
2 x BronzeJörg FrischmannAthletics
1 x BronzeBritta JänickeAthletics
1 x BronzeGeorg MeyerAthletics

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

1 x GoldTeam:
Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Bernard Schmidl, Manfred Kohl
1 x SilverJörg FrischmannAthletics
1 x SilverBritta JänickeAthletics
1 x BronzeBritta JänickeAthletics
1 x BronzeDirk MimbergAthletics

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

5 x GoldBritta SiegersSwimming
1 x GoldTeam:
Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Bernard Schmidl, Manfred Kohl, Rudolf Dürer, Bernd Heinrich
1 x GoldJörg FrischmannAthletics
1 x GoldRoberto SimonazziAthletics
2 x SilverBritta SiegersSwimming
1 x SilverJörg FrischmannAthletics
2 x BronzeDirk MimbergAthletics
1 x BronzeMannschaft:
Jens Faerber, Siegmund Soicke, Robert Grylak, Joachim Wahl
Sitting volleyball
1 x BronzeRoberto Simonazzi Athletics
1 x BronzeBritta SiegersSwimming

Seoul 1988 - 6x Gold and 6x Silver

3 x GoldPetra QuadeAthletics
1 x GoldTeam:
Dr. Karl Quade, Siegmund Soicke, Karl-Josef Weißenfels, Rolf Dürer, Manfred Kohl, Bernd Heinrich
1 x GoldPeter HermannAthletics
1 x GoldBritta SiegersSwimming
3 x SilverRoberto SimonazziAthletics
1 x SilverRainer GuhlAthletics
1 x SilverRita LauxWheelchair basketball
1 x SilverBritta SiegersSwimming

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

All medalsBritta SiegersSwimming