German sporting world reacts with shock to Berlin attack

Published December 20th, 2016 - 03:50 GMT
The German Olympic Sports Confederation logo
The German Olympic Sports Confederation logo

The sporting world in Germany was united in shock at the attack at a Berlin Christmas market late Monday which left 12 people dead and dozens injured.

"We're stunned and sad," the German Olympic Sports Committee tweeted. "Our thoughts are with the victims, relatives and the injured."

Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg tweeted his "thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims," while two-time major champion golfer Martin Kaymer said: "Words can't describe the World we live in anymore, don't only #PrayForBerlin also #PrayForTheWorld."

Organizers of the Berlin marathon posted on Facebook: "We are deeply saddened by the horrendous events at a Christmas market in Berlin. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of those killed, and we hope for a speedy recovery for the many injured."

The Twitter account of the World Cup winning Germany national team said: "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those affected by these tragic events."

Capital city basketball side Alba Berlin said they were "shocked and deeply saddened while the president of second-division football team Union Berlin, Dirk Zingler, said: "We are stunned people have lost their lives in such a violent manner. We mourn the victims."

And Michael Preetz, sporting director of Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin said: "We are sad and shocked. Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives."

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