This morning, the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE for its Spanish acronym) along with the Ecuadorian Government, agreed to end the conflict initiated after the placing of 40 sports federations, which threatened the country’s participation in the Olympic Games in London.
The meeting, was attended by Pere Miró, Committee Director of the Public Relations of the International Olympic with National Olympic Committee (ACNO for its Spanish acronym), and Alejandro Blanco, president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, acted as mediator.
After this interview, which lasted more than four hours at the headquarters of the Olympic Committee (IOC) in Switzerland, the sports minister, Jose Francisco Cevallos and Danilo Carrera, president of the COE sealed the beginning of this agreement.
In this document which is still not signed, Miró sought not to give any details because “each party must now make its own internal management.” But he reiterated that the agreement “is really balanced” and it will “not harm athletes.”
Following this meeting, Cevallos said: “The message to our athletes and our countrymen is to be calm, they will allow their participation, with our flag, our colors, our national hymn (…).
On the other hand, Miro called the situation complex but felt that the meeting served to the parties so they recognize that “both are supported: a national vision and development of sport and total respect for the principles of the Olympic Chart and autonomy of the federations and the COE.”