Traditionally, Bayer AG has always been closely connected to disabled sports. Bayer has been sponsoring the National Paralympic Committee Germany (DBS) since 2000.
Presently, the sponsorship of disabled sports is based on three pillars:
Sponsoring of the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Disabled Sports Department
Sponsoring of the National Paralympic Committee Germany
Bayer's commitment is designed to help raise the profile and increase the acceptance of disabled sports in Germany. The commitment is designed to help increase the acceptance of disabled sports in Germany. The company also hopes that numerous young disabled people draw courage from the idols in the world of sport at its highest level, draw confidence and live their life accordingly.
Sebastian Iwanow: 100 m freestyle world champion in 2010
Markus Rehm: Long jump world champion in 2011, with a world record of 7.09 m
The TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Disabled Sports Department was founded back in 1950. With about 300 members, it is not only one of the largest but also one of the most successful disabled sports clubs in Germany. The club offers its members ideal conditions for practicing both elite and recreational sports. Progressive thinking has always been a key part of the club's philosophy. Its integrative training groups (athletes with and without disabilities train together) are just one example. Disabled athletes benefit from having training partners from various departments and highly qualified instructors and assistants who provide support in numerous team and individual sports. This approach has proved highly effective, with Bayer athletes winning 82 medals at the Paralympics and enjoying great success at World and European Championships. As one of the leading Paralympic training centers for athletes, sitting volleyball players and swimmers, Leverkusen is the place to be for elite disabled sports(wo)men in Germany.
National Paralympic Committee Germany (DBS)
Founded in 1950 and now with 300 members, the disabled sports section of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen is one of the most successful clubs in Germany for disabled athletes.
Successes at the Paralympics
Bayer AG has been sponsoring disabled sports since 1950, and top athletes from TSV have been taking part at the Paralympics since 1984. A success story: TSV athletes have won a total of 82 medals at the Paralympics, 57 of them in track and field alone. Our athletes not only benefit from optimal training facilities, they also have an opportunity to enjoy a dual career in the sports class at Bayer AG or the Elite Sports School.
At the Paralympics 2016, the German 4x100 meter relay team with Markus Rehm, David Behre, Felix Streng and Johannes Floors – all runners from TSV Bayer Leverkusen – were able to celebrate Gold medals. Initially, the time of 40.82 seconds was only enough for Silver. But because of a mistake during one of the changeovers, the US relay team was disqualified.
Irmgard Bensusan was elated with her first Paralympic medal. In the 400 meters, the South Africa-born athlete crossed the finish line in second place with a time of 59.62 seconds. She thus improved her own personal best by more than a second.