German beach volleyball player Laura Ludwig is among the stars to feature as part of the My Way campaign ©Getty Images

The German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB) and the German Disabled Sports Association (DBS) have launched a campaign telling the stories of athletes journeys to participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The campaign "My Way" showcases the journeys of a host of German Olympians and Paralympians beginning telling the stories of how their home towns and training facilities helped to contribute towards their successes.

"Especially in these difficult times, it is extremely important that our athletes know important companions and a well-functioning structure behind them so that they can succeed at the end of their special journey at the Olympic and Paralympic Games," said DOSB President Alfons Hörmann.

"Success is always teamwork. It's nice that the campaign makes this clear."

DBS President Friedhelm Julius Beucher added: "The athletes of Team Germany Paralympics are role models and courageous for people with and without disabilities.

"We are proud and happy to be part of a joint campaign of Team D and Team D Paralympics.

"The Olympic and Paralympic athletes deserve to be given a large public stage to make their impressive achievements visible. The "My Way" campaign will help to tell and publicise the extraordinary stories of athletes in a special way."

German Para-athlete Johannes Floors features as part of the DOSB and DBS My Way campaign ©Getty Images
German Para-athlete Johannes Floors features as part of the DOSB and DBS My Way campaign ©Getty Images

The campaign also aims to highlight the diversity with the German Olympic and Paralympic team, and features athletes including tennis player Angelique Kerber, beach volleyball player Laura Ludwig, handball player Patrick Wiencek, decathlete Niklas Kaul, gymnast Marcel Nguyen, Para-athlete Johannes Floors, Para-cyclist Denise Schindler, BMX rider Lara Lessmann, athletes Melat Kejeta and Gina Luckenkemper and rower Oliver Zeidler.

Speaking about the campaign Claudia Wagner, managing director of Deutsche Sport Marketing said: "My way is close to the athletes and their surroundings and offers a high identification potential. Many people will find themselves in the paths and stories.

"Together with the partners of Team Germany and Team Germany Paralympics, we want to build a stage for athletes to tell these stories.

"We are convinced that through the campaign we will gather a lot of sports fans in Germany behind the athletes and give them the support they deserve on the way to Tokyo."

As part of the build-up to Tokyo 2020, the presentations of the German Olympic and Paralympic team uniforms are set to take place today.

At Rio 2016, Germany’s Olympic team placed fifth in the medal table with a total of 42 medals, consisting of 17 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronzes.

The country’s Paralympic team placed sixth in the medal table in Brazil with a total of 57 medals, including 18 golds, 25 silvers and 14 bronzes.