Rosalía A. Villanueva

La Jornada newspaper
Saturday May 23, 2020, p. a11

Paralympic multi-medalist María de los Ángeles Ortiz is outraged and raised her voice to defend the National Sports Fund for High Performance (Fodepar), one of the trusts that want to disappear as proposed by Senator from Morena, Dolores Padierna.

It is incredible that they want to leave us out, I fought for many years together with Amalia Pérez and Cristina Hoffman to have the same rights as the conventional ones in Fodepar. We give results and medals and dedicate eight hours of daily training. What are the senators and deputies doing, more than collecting subsistence allowance and traveling? He lashed out at the two-time world champion in bullet momentum.

He recalled that the lifetime scholarships received by the Paralympic and Olympic medalists, as well as monthly aid to athletes in general for their preparation and competitions, the payment of coaches and multidisciplinary groups encompass Fodepar, a sector ranked among the best in the world in the different disciplines.

“We are athletes who give achievements to Mexico and with a white flag, where there are no dirty policies. It is inconceivable that in the midst of a pandemic in which we strive to train, while respecting sanitary measures, they will come out with the idea of ​​disappearing Fodepar.

“We were the first to defend inclusion, diversity, with conventional athletes and being admitted to Fodepar and it took us years to receive our scholarships. The adapted sport is the most hit and the least supported.

It is a shame that the trust is trying to disappear, because it is an investment, not an expense. The athletes do not deserve this, because something else is who they put (to lead Fodepar in the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sport) and that is where the rules must change, said the three-time Paralympic medalist and three-time Parapan American champion.

▲ The triple Paralympic medalist struggled for years to enter the sport adapted to that trust.Photo Conade

For the third time, the association of Olympic and Paralympic Medalists chaired by Daniel Aceves, demanded the non-extinction of Fodepar while requesting a virtual meeting with Mario Delgado and Ricardo Monreal, presidents of the Political Coordination Board of the Chamber of Deputies and Senators , respectively, and a group of athletes.

Key resource for Olympic winners

The association has 193 living medalists, of which 66 are Olympians, 81 are Paralympians and 46 are exhibitors with a lifetime scholarship of 13 thousand pesos per month for the gold winners; 11,550 for silver and 10,000 for bronze, as stipulated in the General Law of Physical Culture and Sports, a fundamental financial resource to mitigate adverse economic and social circumstances arising in his retirement life, Aceves emphasized in a lengthy document.

We ask that our fundamental rights to life be guaranteed, in addition it would limit the ability to respond quickly to meet the technical-operational needs of athletes and the text of the Draft Decree that modifies the Law on the matter does not warn that it conclusively guarantees the financial support, argued the 1984 Olympic wrestling runner-up in Los Angeles.

Yesterday, the deputy Mario Delgado wrote on his Twitter account: We are going to call an open parliament to review each and every one of the trusts created by law. The initiative that we have presented cannot be ruled until the conclusions of this consultation exercise with the government and all the sectors involved are reached.