Record budget for Spanish sport

It rises 13% in the “most ambitious” agenda since 1992. All eyes are on the Paris 2024 Games.

Record boost for the sports industry. The draft general state budgets for 2023, already in the hands of Congress for parliamentary processing, allocates 243.9 million to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, which sets four main objectives: contributing to the improvement of general state of health, collaboration in improving the results of Spanish athletes in international competitions, the definition and development of state policies for the protection of health in sport, and the prevention and fight against doping.

The amount, which exceeds by 12.9% what was budgeted the previous year and represents the maximum amount allocated to date in this chapter, will be allocated “to the promotion and support of activities”. In the 2022 accounts, the figure was 216.1 million euros. In 2021, it added 211.1 million and in 2020, 190 million.

The Spanish sports federations have an allocation of 71.7 million, which represents a decrease of 3.5% compared to the budget year 2022 (74.3 million). The post of the Spanish Olympic Committee also fell, from 4.7 million to 875,000 euros, while that of the Spanish Paralympic Committee fell from 1.9 million to 400,000 euros. This fall is due to the end of the impact of the Tokyo Games, which were held in 2021 since they were postponed due to the pandemic.

All eyes are now on the preparation for the Paris Olympics in 2024, which is reflected in the budget of the Higher Sports Council, which will add 375.1 million, or 19.1% more than in 2022, also establishing a record. “This is undoubtedly excellent news, the best expression of the government’s commitment to a profound modernization of sport and its clear commitment to this industry,” said José Manuel Franco, president of the Higher Sports Council. Of this budget, 235 million are specific to the said institution and the other 140 come from the funds of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. “We are the only government to have included sport in these funds,” Franco recalled. “We said it and we did it: the goal is to revolutionize Olympic and Paralympic preparation,” he added in the face of what he called “the most ambitious legislative agenda since Barcelona 92. “. The pillars of the budgets revolve around the professionalization of women’s football -which, under the aegis of LaLiga, opens a new stage this season-, the modernization of the High Performance Centers and the launch of the “Team Spain” program, intended for the time to prepare for Paris 2024.

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