Jefferson Pérez, the only Ecuadorian Olympic medalist (gold in 1996 and silver in 2008), is studying a postgraduate degree in Political Science in Salamanca, Spain, but has time to be aware of the national sporting activity.
That is why he thinks about what was done in the last ten years in his activity. On the effect of the government of Rafael Correa on the sport of Ecuador, the triple marching world champion said: “It was characterized by delivering strong economic resources to several areas, logically one of them the sport. But now it would not be necessary just to hear about debt audits, to management, but we also need to audit investment, review the social returns of the investment. “Pérez added: “Some people have not paid attention when they have built scenarios, parks, stadiums, athletic tracks or velodromes. You need to know how much of that infrastructure is being used efficiently. “He added that although there are High Performance Centers, it would be necessary to know if they are 85% equipped and what the rate of use is.”You can do a deeper assessment, and moral audits.”
On the double charge of the current Minister of Sport, Andrea Sotomayor, who was also appointed secretary of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, Perez said that “the COE should have its autonomy and should not generate decisions of a political nature, but rather technical.” “There must be a principle of harmony with the representatives of the National Government and those of international sport in our country; another very different aspect is to interfere in internal decisions.
The subject is half confused because how did the highest authority of Ecuadorian sport become dependent on a representation of an international organization. The person who will establish norms for the national sport will be under the command of an organism with international representation “.
The ex-marcher also commented on the triple role of Roberto Ibáñez, member of the COE board of directors as the representative of the athletes, vice minister of the Mindeporte and president of the Ecuadorian Judo Federation. “It’s amazing that a person can do everything.
There are people who have an extraordinary capacity to be able to direct several areas, but there are specializations. In my case it would be difficult for me to do that. ” Perez said yesterday to EL UNIVERSO that he is in a new phase in his life no longer as an athlete, but as a citizen who aspires to get involved in political life, but later on. To that end, a postgraduate course follows. “I believe that people have the right to develop on any platform.
But I also believe that we have an obligation to prepare ourselves in a proper way to do it. For this reason we decided, after much reflection, that it is time to venture into a space where you can carry out large social projects, “said the cuencano
Pérez arrived in Ecuador a few days ago and today returns to Salamanca
“That the highest authority of sport is a secretary (COE) goes beyond legality. It’s the moral, the principles of transparency”. Jefferson Pérez, ex-marcher
“The athlete is evaluated at the end of each year to give or not a scholarship; but who evaluates the leaders. How professional are they?” Jefferson Pérez, Olympic medalist. (D)