Development of Athletes in National Games
By José María Daza Sánchez
We cannot expect many positive results in the development of the participation of our athletes in the National Games that are held in cities of the Coffee Region and the north of Valle del Cauca.
Choco Representation’s Performance
As of today, six days have already passed in the National Games. The Choco representation has had limited success so far, with boxing achieving a bronze medal. However, the women’s handball team lost its first match and was disqualified, while the basketball team lost its first two games.
Lack of Information and Support
Unfortunately, there is a lack of information and support for the athletes. The journalistic representation is almost non-existent, with outdated websites and a lack of sports information. The responsibility for these shortcomings lies with the sports leaders, leagues, clubs, and the departmental administration.
Responsibility of Sports Leaders and Departmental Administration
The sports leaders, including leagues and clubs, must take responsibility for their lack of support and preparation for the athletes. Many prioritize personal gain over the athletes’ needs. Additionally, the departmental administration is also responsible for the failure in sports. Despite proposing a budget of $13 billion for preparation, only $4.3 billion has been allocated so far, with $1.6 billion still remaining.
Lack of Recognition and Support
The participants have not been informed about the recognition and rewards for obtaining a medal. Other departments, such as Antioquia and Valle, offer significant monetary rewards for gold medalists. However, Choco has not provided such support, which may affect the motivation and performance of the athletes.
Challenges Faced by Athletes
The athletes face numerous challenges, including lack of facilities and resources. The absence of public transportation to the Olympic Village and the damage to the carbon track at the Aeroparque have hindered their training. Additionally, there is no feeding program to support their nutrition and overall well-being.
Hope for the Future
Despite the current setbacks, there is hope for the future. The members of the canoeing, taekwondo, and athletics leagues show promise and potential for success.
A Call for Action
It is crucial for the new governor, Dr. Carolina Córdoba, to address the challenges faced by Choco’s athletes and prioritize the development of sports and culture in the region.
God bless our mistreated athletes. Dr. Carolina Córdoba, our new governor, has a very big challenge, among others, with the sport and culture of Chocó.