His motto? “Those that give up, have already lost!” Alexander Bley is one of the fastest Germans over a medium distance, and the reigning second fastest European over 1,500 meters – having proven how fast he is once again, at the European Deaf Athletics Championships in Bochum-Wattenscheid in July 2019: In 3:57.26 minutes he took second place, just behind the Belarusian Aliaksandr Charniak.
“Due to meningitis, I have been deaf since I was 13 months old and have an implant on my right side,” explains Bley, who has been a member of the national team of the German Deaf Sports Association since 2013.
Alexander Bley is happy about Volkswagen’s support for very practical reasons: “As athletes, we don’t have to worry about how we get to and from the hotel. That would otherwise be a stress factor – but in this case, it’s a very relaxed ride.” This gives him more time to concentrate on the essentials: the competition. Bley: “Volkswagen’s commitment is a great thing for the European Championships.”
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