Maximum power. In Riesa. | © Lorenz
Riesa’s athletic heritage dates back to the 19th century. Football, gymnastics, track and field athletics, swimming, boxing, bicycle sport, bowling and acrobatics were among the most popular athletic disciplines over many decades and successful frequently beyond the borders of the city. Due to the economic and political changes triggered by the fall of the Berlin Wall, new strategies were needed to create a new image for Riesa in the mid-1990s. Riesa was to be made famous all over the world. These efforts boosted the attractivity of Riesa for local residents and visitors.

The strategy of the Sport City of Riesa is founded upon three pillars: large-scale athletic
events, support from world-class athletes and intensive coaching of up-and-coming highperformance sport and mass sport.

Sportfreundliche Kommune 2010