The national government has announced it will increase investment in women’s sport

TOKYO. 29 July 2021. Mariana Pajón and Carlos Ramírez won the silver and bronze medals respectively at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. (Courtesy COC)

President Ivan Duke signed on Sports Industry Regulatory Order 941, promote and plan competitive and high-level women’s sport. With this, the conditions under which the resources of the national budget for the promotion of equal opportunities in the access and development of sports practiceby Colombian women and girls.

In each contract or agreement intended to financing or co-financing the development of activities in charge of national, conventional or Paralympic sports federations, the ministry has set up a minimum percentage of 30 percent the annual allowance, finance the promotion and/or projection of women’s sport.

For example, from 1,037 million pesos intended for the Colombian Weightlifting Federation30% corresponds to the pulse at women in weightlifting; or 311 million pesos.

Initially, there were 39 federations nationals with which support for women’s sport has been signed and among those who have defined the highest percentage awarded (40%), are those of boxing, tennis, basketball and horse riding. As for the Paralympic sector, a minimum of 10 percent for this 2022 in the aforementioned initial exercise, but from next year the percentage must not be less than 30.

“It is a recognition of the contribution of women in the sector and undoubtedly marks a before and after in the history of Colombian sport which, thanks to this government, has grown considerably and should do much more” , said the Minister of Sports, Guillermo Herrera Castaño.

With this decree, the Ministry of Sports define strategies for the promotion and projection of women’s sport, aimed at improving the standards of preparation and participation of Colombian athletesaccording to the requirements of high international competition.

President Ivan Duke announced the signing via his Twitter where he assured that his government continues to work for the inclusion of women in sport, “We signed Decree 941 which establishes the general parameters to promote and plan women’s competitive and high-level sports from the Ministry of Sports”.

Mariana PajonColombia’s only triple Olympic medalist; Martha Bayona, multiple UCI Track Cycling World Cup medalist; the ranking of the Colombian volleyball team to the world of seniors; Maria Camila Osorio in the WTA top 50 or para-swimmer podiums, Sarah Vargasare some of the Colombian athletes who currently stand out in their respective sport in competitions around the world.

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