What does it means to be a sports power in Latin America?

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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,

Mauricio Hernandez
Dream Together Master Program
Global Sports Management
Seoul National University
5th Batch Student

 

Dear Mauricio,
Just to start the "discussion". I believe that Colombia is already a world sport power based in the fact that we finished 23 among 207* countries in the last Olympic Games, Rio 2016; which means that Colombia is on the Top 11%. despite all those limitations / problems that you have mentioned. Therefore, it will be very interesting to incorporate in your analysis the natural talent of the Colombian athletes...
Greetings from Olympia, Greece - University of Peloponnese.
More to come...
Carlos Villegas
*I have included Kuwait whose athletes participated under the Olympic flag.

Dear Mauricio,
Just to start the "discussion". I believe that Colombia is already a world sport power based in the fact that we finished 23 among 207* countries in the last Olympic Games, Rio 2016; which means that Colombia is on the Top 11%. despite all those limitations / problems that you have mentioned. Therefore, it will be very interesting to incorporate in your analysis the natural talent of the Colombian athletes...
Greetings from Olympia, Greece - University of Peloponnese.
More to come...
Carlos Villegas
*I have included Kuwait whose athletes participated under the Olympic flag.

Dear Mauricio,
Just to start the "discussion". I believe that Colombia is already a world sport power based in the fact that we finished 23 among 207* countries in the last Olympic Games, Rio 2016; which means that Colombia is on the Top 11%. despite all those limitations / problems that you have mentioned. Therefore, it will be very interesting to incorporate in your analysis the natural talent of the Colombian athletes...
Greetings from Olympia, Greece - University of Peloponnese.
More to come...
Carlos Villegas
*I have included Kuwait whose athletes participated under the Olympic flag.

Thank you, Carlos, for your answer;

According to the Olympic Charter, The Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries. If this had interpreted under fair play and joy effort philosophy, this topic would not make sense. But, since the Olympic Games have been exploited by countries (media and politicians) to show on a world stage his own vision of development and national values, this topic takes importance. Thus, I think that is a mistake do an Olympic rank.

I am not sure if what Colombia needs is to be on the top 'Olympic Ranking' or reflect about it and ask himself for what are we using the power of the Sport. Off course, this is unpopular, I just want to listen other students and scholars interested in this topic.

Greetings,

Mauricio Hernandez

Dear Mauricio, you are absolutely right about the "olympic rank"; that is why there is no winner of the Olympic Games; there is just one Country with the most gold medal. What I wanted to probe using qualitative analysis is that Colombia is an sporting world power and, therefore, we have the obligation to lead processes, special Olympic Education initiatives in our Pan-American region.
From your last analysis we can formulate several interesting question like: ¿Does Sport have values? ¿Is Sport neutral? ¿Is Sport apolitical? ¿Do you thing that by boycotting the Olympic Games, a country can affect the Geopolitical situation of the world? ¿Should the Olympic Games (with the audience they have) be used as a platform to protests on different social issues?
Greetings,
Carlos

Jane Rausch

Dear Mauricio,

I am currently at work on a study of ciclismo in Colombia. Several contemporary sources indicate that
Colombia is a world power in this sport given the recent achievements by Colombians in the Tour to France. Back in 1984 Rafael Duque Naranjo wrote that successive strong performances in European tours had already located Colombia as a "superpotencia "in world ciclismo. Other reports suggest that today the Vuelta a Colombia is a more challenging contest even than the Tour de France.

Certainly in the sport of Ciclismo Colombian athletes have proven their talents consistently on the world stage.

Greeting,

Jane Rausch