Irene Lozano, in a ceremony last Tuesday. JJ Guillén / EFE
Irene Lozano (Madrid, 49 years old) will leave next Tuesday as president of the Superior Sports Council, and with some disgust, the Spanish federative leaders, who contemplate with concern the As time goes by, they find that they start to lack fingers on their hands to count how many secretaries of State for Sport they have met while they were in office
And they remember that in the previous Games, those of Rio 2016, I was still in office Miguel Cardenal, who, even with the Government of Mariano Rajoy, was replaced by José Ramón Lete until 2018, who with the victory of Pedro Sánchez in the motion of censure was replaced by María José Rienda. The ex-skier spent two years, until January 2020, when Pedro Sánchez, after winning the elections, appointed Irene Lozano, from the Secretary of State for Spain Global (Spain brand) .
“And there are four months left for the Tokyo Games and there will be a sixth… ”, affirms a federation president who echoes the general sentiment of his colleagues. “And Lozano leaves, leaving on the air a series of open issues, as important as the Global Spain Foundation, not yet constituted 11 months after its announcement, which was going to create a single platform after assuming all the television rights of sports. minority, who now belong to Javier Tebas' LaLiga; like the Sports Law; such as the Anti-Doping Law, whose draft was approved by the Council of Ministers in October… Issues that, according to their promises, were going to turn Spanish sport around. And we do not know who will replace it or how much whoever comes will know about sports. ”
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federations from bankruptcy The same sources rule out the possibility that Lozano will be replaced by his second, the diplomat Joaquín de Arístegui, director general of Sports and architect of the Viana's pacts with Thebes that ended the League-Federation war and became, not yet completed, the cornerstone of Lozano's brief mandate. The federations sighed with relief when they found out, because De Arístegui has not been their favorite character, precisely. Therefore, it will not follow the example of 2011, when Albert Soler, General Director of Sports, replaced Jaime Lissavetzky when he ran for mayor of Madrid to maintain a continuity policy and finish the projects started.
Lozano will preside over an act of staging of the future professionalization of women's sport, another matter that, sports sources emphasize, will remain stagnant and up in the air, as they explain, with a collective agreement denounced by the unions it is not possible to speak of professionalization.
"So little importance is sport for all governments, not only for the current one", points out a sports legal specialist, "that not only does the person in charge change practically every year, but the two laws that govern it, the royal decree of professional sports and the Sports Law date from the 80s. Rienda had prepared a new Sports Law that had already begun its parliamentary path, and, apparently, Lozano, two years later, had already prepared a new draft … The next , or the next one, they will surely start from scratch too. ”
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