Bertram, left, Bernreuther and Buddendick during a training session of Germany’s first sofa sports association in Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Bertram says his Sofa Sports Association is proudly geared toward the non-vegan, non-overachieving, non-career-obsessed masses.The club has been meeting for about a year at bars and pubs in the German capital and now boasts 25 members from 8 to 64 years old.Bertram's wife initially thought sofa sports was "nonsense" – but she joined anyway, Bertram said with a smug smile.The association's "sofa exercises" aren't just bar games, Bertram said with a deadpan expression.It's not just fun and games – the club wouldn't be German without some serious rules and order. Bertram has taken out accident insurance for the group, registered it with fiscal authorities and applied for membership in the regional sports association.
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