“Since the Barcelona’92 Olympic Games, there has never been such a firm and solid commitment to the sports sector. We are facing historical data, the highest figure of this century dedicated to Spanish sport,” said Irene Lozano in the Commission of Culture and Sports of the Lower House.
As detailed by the Secretary of State for Sports, the CSD will have an allocation of 251 million euros, to which 9.4 million will be added, 700,000 euros more compared to the previous year to carry out more anti-doping controls before the Games Olímpicos de Tokyo, for the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health in Sports (AEPSAD), 95 percent more than the budget for 2016, the last Olympic year.
For Irene Lozano these accounts included in the Draft Law on General State Budgets approved by the Council of Ministers, which include a grant of 66.8 million euros -12.7 million more than in 2020, 23.5 per hundred more – for the sports federations and to which 17 million are added for the sale of the television rights of professional football, “they manage to clear up many uncertainties.”
Thus, the ‘operating’ budget of the CSD for next year will be 174.3 million, 63.6 million more than in 2020, which represents an increase of 57 percent. Compared to the 2016 Olympic year, the increase is 85 million euros, 95 percent more.
From the sale of the audiovisual rights of professional football, 11 million will go to Social Security contributions for high-level athletes; 5 million, to athletes representing Spain in international competitions; and another two million, to other types of aid.
Lozano explained that aid to athletes is increased by 53 percent for results obtained, by 42 percent the item for operating expenses and activities of the High Performance Centers (CAR) and Technification. Likewise, the allocation for the National Program for Sports Technification and Sports Promotion is improved by 33 percent and the transfer for sports facilities and equipment is doubled.
As a novelty, within the transfers to sports federations, an item is incorporated into these accounts for the production of sports broadcasts in audiovisual formats with 3 million euros and another for the development of international programs of cooperation and preparation of athletes and technicians with 700,000 euros.
NO ATHLETE WITHOUT A SCHOLARSHIP
The allocation to the Spanish Olympic Committee (COE) in 2021, a year converted into an Olympic year due to the postponement of COVID-19, grows by 3.8 million to 4.7 million, with an increase of 441 percent. That of the Spanish Paralympic Committee (CPE) increased by 375 percent, and stood at 1.9 million, with a rise of 1.5 million.
This year, the CSD has contributed 62 percent of the resources of the ADO Plan. In this sense, Irene Lozano has assured that “no Spanish athlete will be left without their ADO Scholarship”. “We are going to contribute whatever is necessary to cover each and every one of the aid so that our athletes can concentrate solely on their training and competitions. We want to give them certainty and peace of mind,” he added.
The CSD budget doubles the money earmarked for Female and Inclusive Sports, with 2.5 million, 112 percent more, while transfers to the autonomous communities grow 30 percent, with 14.6 million euros. For the improvement of their sports facilities, the municipalities and provinces will see the aid of the CSD increased by 876 percent, from 517,000 euros to 5 million.
“EXPANSIVE” AND “ANTI-CYCLICAL” BUDGETS
In relation to the High Performance Sports Centers (CAR), the one in Madrid will see its budget increased by 9.5 percent, reaching 8.5 million euros and the CAR of Sant Cugat will receive 4 million, 60 percent. hundred more than last year. In addition, the endowment of the CAR of León amounts to 9.9 million euros, with a growth of 18 percent and that of Sierra Nevada grows 10 percent to 2.8 million.
Lozano stressed that sport, which has had a “preponderant role” in the de-escalation plan in the health crisis caused by COVID-19, will be one of the “levers” of transformation of the country and will be one of the ten “policies tractors “that will structure their future.
The Council’s 2021 budgets include 49.5 million from the European fund to promote economic recovery, and a Recovery Plan for the Sports Sector has been designed, structured in digitalization plans, ecological transition of sports facilities, promotion of internationalization of the sports industry and expansion of Spain abroad and revitalization of women’s sports.
The latter, with which it is intended to promote women’s sport and promote the professionalization of women’s football, will have an endowment for 2021 of 11.7 million euros.
“The objectives of this budget are to protect as much as possible the entire social fabric of sport so cruelly hit by the current crisis caused by COVID-19, promote the economic reactivation of the sector, promote the two great transformations that place us in a good future situation: digitization and ecological transition and a firm commitment to women’s sport “, he stressed.
For Lozano, the budgets for 2021, an “atypical” year in sports due to the lengthening of the Olympic cycle, are “expansive” and “countercyclical”, which will make this global pandemic less bad, and announced that they will be considered as event of ‘exceptional interest’ the Andalucía Valderrama Masters, the Davis Cup in Madrid, the Madrid Horse Week, the Solheim Cup 2023 and the centenary of Spanish rugby and the Santboiana EU.