José Manuel Franco, a month ago.FERNANDO VILLAR / EFE
Pedro Sánchez has chosen José Manuel Franco (Monforte de Lemos, Lugo, 63 years old), government delegate in Madrid and regional leader of the Socialists, to be the new secretary of State for Sport. The future president of the Higher Sports Council, who will be appointed in the Council of Ministers this Tuesday, covers the vacancy of Irene Lozano, who will go on the PSOE lists for the May 4 elections in the Community of Madrid. Franco will be the fifth president of the Higher Sports Council in four years. Her predecessor has been in charge of the organization for 14 months.
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Lozano, who relieved María José Rienda as president of the CSD at the end of January 2020, was presented on Thursday as number five on the socialist list headed by Ángel Gabilondo. The relay at the head of the highest sports institution in Spain occurs a few months before the Tokyo Olympics. The Prime Minister has informed Franco of his appointment this Monday morning. Franco was appointed to head the Government Delegation in Madrid in February 2020, taking over from María Paz García Vera. His replacement will be Mercedes González, number two of the PSOE in the Madrid City Council. Last week there was speculation that Pepu Hernández could be Lozano's successor. The socialist councilors in the capital took it for granted, but the PSOE candidate in the 2019 municipal elections, with which Spain was proclaimed champion in the 2006 basketball World Cup, will not finally move from the consistory. , Franco's profile is very political. In the first wave of the pandemic, he was in the eye of the hurricane due to the 8-M demonstrations, but the case was shelved. That same Government sources justify that La Moncloa needed someone of their total confidence in the face of the challenges faced by Spanish sport such as the conflicts between LaLiga and the Spanish Football Federation and the development of the Sports Law or the Anti-Doping Law. Several fronts to which the great appointment of the Tokyo Olympic Games is added.
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