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Sport off the political radar

It can be read from many sources that in Africa, 70% of sub-Saharan inhabitants do not have drinking water for their daily needs, and that in some of these countries the survival rate of newborns is similar to that of 100 years ago. For them progress did not come, nor did its benefits spill over.

We also read that in the world’s first economy, more than 60% of black or Hispanic children did not yet learn to swim at the age of 12, due to lack of money or adequate facilities.

They are two realities of different caliber and different significance, which however are very valid and can be sustained in any debate about injustices and asymmetries in modern societies.

Debates and struggles to change social realities, unfortunately, have increasingly given way to anodyne discussions about the sex of angels.

In sports, the epic of the North American transsexual Lia Thomas, in her attempt to share competitions and locker rooms with other swimmers, deserved extensive treatment, even superior to any evaluation of the real sport and its shortcomings.

The upcoming elections in Boca and their strong political implications will now have to hide for a few days everything that we still don’t know today:

What budget will there be for sport, who will manage it? What will happen in the future with our social and high-performance sports? Important by the way, our doubt.

Those questions, in the recent elections, did not add up to many appearances on anyone’s agenda. This, perhaps justified in the old and worn-out discursive device of: “There are other priorities.”

Sport, a wonderful instrument of social cohesion and health, once again disappears from the radar of political power. A shame.

* Former National Director of Sports.

2023-12-01 03:01:00
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