The following piece was translated and slightly adapted from the Wikipedia entry in German on Karl-Heinz Sturm, which can be accessed here:
Karl-Heinz Sturm was born in February 1924 in the town of Delitzsch in Saxony. He was active as a tennis player from 1938. During the Second World War, he did his military service, served in the Wehrmacht and was a prisoner of war from 1944 to 1946. After his return from captivity, he obtained a degree in physical education at the Martin Luther University (MLU) in Halle (Saale).
In the 1950s, Sturm won the men’s singles title at the outdoor East German Championships five times: in 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955 and 1956.
In 1953, Sturm became a research assistant, and was later head of the Department of Studies at the MLU in Halle. In his role as a university teacher, he coached up-and-coming athletes at the cooperative sports collective known as Chemie Buna Schkopau in Halle. He was also chairman of the commission for the promotion of up-and-coming athletes within the East German Tennis Federation.
From 1966 to 1974, Sturm was vice-president, and from 1974 to 1987 president of the East German Tennis Federation. He was also a member of the federal board of the East German Gymnastics and Sports Federation and a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany [SED].
In October 1981, Sturm was awarded the Medal of Honour for Physical Culture and Sport of the German Democratic Republic. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he became managing director of a multimedia company in Berlin in 1992.
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