The dependency, created in 2007, will be absorbed by the Education portfolio. Conventional and adapted exponents ask to review the decree.
“President Lenin, I am concerned about the merger of ministries, the Ministry of Sport was created to solve our problems and solve them autonomously,” says Judoka Lenin Preciado on his Twitter account, as part of the “We are priority, not the fusion “, that he and other exponents began around that the state sports matrix is not abolished.
The malaise in the athletes of the country is general; They are dissatisfied by the signing of the decree through which the head of State, Lenin Moreno, ordered the merger by absorption between the ministries of Education and Sports, with the consequent suppression of the second.
The document was signed last Thursday and has a deadline of 90 days for its execution; it will be carried out by the nascent Ministry of Education and Sports, the National Secretariat of Planning and Development, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The also judoka Carmen Chalá states: “I appeal to your good judgment, I ask you please analyze this situation. We, the athletes, need to be a priority, we need independence … We know about the needs of the country, but we must look for other alternatives …”
The president of the Ecuadorian Athletics Federation (FEA), Manuel Bravo, expresses his displeasure at the decision of the Chief Executive.
“A State that does not recognize sports as a priority public policy and that is a means for people to train us with strengths in the face of life, such as fighting to achieve your dreams, sacrificing yourself and working hard for it. It is a State doomed to failure; these are sad days for the national sport. ”
Through a manifesto, the FEA asks Moreno to rethink his resolution; He argues that it is a setback to the development achieved in physical activities, noting that sport is not a public policy for the current Government; it compels him to change that determination.
Unrest also occurs in those who cultivate Paralympic disciplines; Adapted tennis player Carolina Lasso expressed that the feeling is one of uncertainty, especially because if the government’s purpose is to cut expenses, this could affect the investment destined for athletes.
Trust in good management from the Ministry of Education for physical activities.
José Navarro, ex-adviser of the Ministry of Sports, regretted the passivity with which the directors of sports organizations faced the announcement of the merger; Before the signing of the decree they already knew the plans of the President, but there was no march, any sign of unity to avoid the disappearance of the sectoral portfolio.
Highlights that under the Ministry of Sport Ecuadorian federations of adapted sports were founded, as well as the Ecuadorian Paralympic Committee (CPE); Two high performance centers were built and sports facilities were completed in Cuenca, Macas and Durán.
The High Performance Plan was also created, which since 2013 has served no fewer than 1,000 athletes. What Moreno signed, rather than a merger, is the absorption of a ministry (the Ministry of Education) that has 86,000 employees to one with only 500.
Navarro fears that the resources planned for the sport will be revealed once the South American Games are over, the next June 8. While he could do it, he does not think Moreno will turn back.
Employees will move to other state portfolios
The constitutionalist Lenin Rosero, former president of Aucas and the Association of Pichincha Weights, agrees with the disappearance of the Ministry of Sports. As for the merger by absorption – he says – it will be as before, because the Ministry of Education already attended sports affairs before the creation in 2007 of the sports portfolio.
“Ecuador has violated many aspirations of excellent athletes, there was no identity or work to be done from lower categories. Building high-performance centers did nothing to help sports development. This ministry has served to mount political figures, to enlarge the bureaucracy, to enrich certain pockets; there is no clear report from the Comptroller regarding the tasks undertaken by this portfolio.
“On the fate of the employees of the Sports portfolio, the Minister of Labor, Raúl Ledesma, said that everyone can rest assured. “Sport will not be unbalanced, but strengthened through a solid ministry like Education. It seeks to make the administrative area more efficient “. Some free-removal personnel will be dismissed, while administrative collaborators would move on to Education or other portfolios. (I)