The Colombian Central Government through several National Plans (The National Development Plan 2014 - 2018 "All for a New Country"- Coldeportes Strategic Plan 2014-2020 and The Ten-Year (2009-2019) National Sports Plan) mentioned repeatedly the ‘supreme objective of the plan: to make Colombia a continental and world sporting power’. To achieve they mentioned two main orientations; one, to contribute to a peaceful society, building social tissue through recreation, physical activity, social, formative sport, healthy lifestyles, and second, strengthening the conditions for athlete, as well as facilitating adequate training and competition venues for sport, physical activity, and recreation (Departamento Nacional de Planeación, 2015).
According to this, I think these orientations could be complementary, but also opposite, bringing contradictions and tensions. Therefore several questions are critical;
1. What does it mean to be a sports power? How it becomes a regional and global sports power?
2. What kind of values are promoted on the first aim (Sports for all, sports for development and Peace)? And what are promoted on the second (Sports Development, Olympic Medals)?
3. What are the consequences, tensions, contradictions of these goals?
My personal view about this is that those are big words, becoming a continental and a world sporting power means run public funding in the most expensive race of all. Also in a country with high levels of violence, corruption, and inefficiency in the State.
I appreciate your comments,
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