Ecuador will not be able to take a full delegation to the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games due to the late allocation of the budget ceiling by the Ministry of Sports, says the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee | Other Sports | Sports

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 Ecuador will not be able to take a full delegation to the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games due to the late allocation of the budget ceiling by the Ministry of Sports, says the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee |  Other Sports |  Sports

The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE) indicated this Friday that Ecuador will not be able to participate with the entire delegation that it had planned for the Valledupar 2022 Bolivarian Games, due to the “late allocation” of the budget ceiling by the Ministry of Sports.

The sports entity, through a statement on its official website, reported that it received a statement from the Ministry in which the budget for the event was made official, which is $820,000, which represents 40% less than the requested value. in September 2021, and that the resources have not yet been transferred.

“At the moment there are 266 athletes from 26 disciplines who could travel to Valledupar (Colombia), that is, 77 less than the delegation of the Bolivarian Games Santa Marta 2017 (Colombia)”, says the COE.

“For those Games, Ecuador brought 343 athletes in 34 sports, including team disciplines, such as soccer (field and indoor), basketball, handball and baseball. On that occasion, the allocated budget was $831,919.41 and approval was received 71 days before the Games. The project could be executed with time, since a remainder plus the assigned value was used. In the end, the total executed from public resources was $716,519.12 (670,274.52 from the allocation and 46,244.60 from the remainder) and $232,160.34 from private funds managed by the COE”, adds the agency.

Below is the official statement from the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE):

On May 9, 2022, just 45 days before the event, the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee received a statement from the Ministry of Sports in which it was made official that the budget ceiling for the event is $820,000, 40% less of the value requested in September 2021 by the COE for the participation of the national delegation. The resources have not yet been transferred.

At the moment there are 266 athletes from 26 disciplines who could travel to Valledupar (Colombia), that is, 77 less than the delegation of the Bolivarian Games Santa Marta 2017 (Colombia).

For those Games, Ecuador brought 343 athletes in 34 sports, including team disciplines such as soccer (field and indoor), basketball, handball and baseball. On that occasion, the allocated budget was $831,919.41 and approval was received 71 days before the Games. The project could be executed with time, since a remainder plus the assigned value was used, in the end the total public resources executed were $716,519.12 (670,274.52 of the allocation and 46,244.60 of the remainder) and $232,160 .34 from private funds managed by the COE.

Currently, the budget allocation by the Ministry of Sport is received 45 days from Valledupar 2022, after six insistence letters sent by the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, after presenting the project to the State portfolio. The COE has already sent the project adjusted to the assigned budget ceiling and, however, there is still no response.

For Santa Marta 2017, the tickets were purchased in advance at a cost of $769. Due to the late confirmation of the budget by the Ministry of Sports, the tickets are estimated to be $1,400 by the time they can be purchased (on March 14, 2017). April they were trading at $602.69, on May 9 they were already at $928.89). In other words, in June with $35,000, 25 tickets will be bought, the same ones that in April would have cost $15,067.

The budget presented by the COE for Valledupar 2022 was sent to the Ministry of Sports in September 2021. The initial project was $1,400,000 and contemplated the participation of 455 athletes in 29 sports, including soccer, handball, 5×5 basketball, baseball rowing, rugby and softball. The Games will take place from June 24 to July 5. (D)

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