Rodríguez Uribes: “Acquiring a right is difficult, but perhaps it is more difficult to maintain it”

The president of the CSD closes the day on ‘Public policies for equality in sport’ and reiterates the Government’s commitment


The president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, closed the day on ‘Public policies for equality in sports’ on Friday, held at the organization’s headquarters on the occasion of International Women’s Day and in which Experts from the public and private spheres participated.

“Winning a right is difficult, but perhaps it is more difficult to maintain it,” commented Rodríguez Uribes, insisting on the need to show “perseverance and be attentive to any reactionary setback.” The president of the CSD recalled the commitment of the Government of Spain in matters of equality, which has allowed us to take “great steps in the generation of new opportunities and rights for our athletes.”

“We have a long way to go to achieve the real and effective equality we dream of between women and men and thus eradicate all types of discrimination and gaps that affect girls and women athletes,” she confessed. Furthermore, Rodríguez Uribes highlighted the day spent at the CSD headquarters and thanked the “drive” and “commitment” of the participants in the two round tables, whose actions in different areas of the sports sector “are worth a thousand words.”

The first round table was made up of representatives of the CSD and the Young Sports Foundation. The deputy general director of Women and Sports of the CSD, Bárbara Fuertes, pointed out the increase in economic support for equality in the last year, from federation projects, professionalization and infrastructure to conciliation. “It’s time to reflect, assume responsibility and set goals,” she said.

Meanwhile, the advisor in the CSD Presidency Cabinet, Nerea Huete, focused her interventions on the new developments provided by the Sports Law in terms of equality. Among many other measures, the Law obliges federations to present an equality plan with its consequent monitoring and, for the first time, “it speaks of co-responsibility and protection of maternity.”

“It is the first time in history in which there is real equality of participation in the Olympic Games,” said the sports technician of the general subdirectorate of High Competition of the CSD, Lola Boyé. Finally, Marta Montaner, project manager at the Fundación Deporte Joven, highlighted the role of public-private collaboration in promoting equality, as in the success of the Universo Mujer program, which has “broken a record of projects and amount of donations”.

The second round table gave voice to representatives of the private and associative sports sector. The CEO and founder of BePro, Ana Salas, explained the actions with training centers and universities to stop the abandonment of sports by adolescents and young women. “Girls want to have more certainty in their future and often put sports aside,” she recalled.

Meanwhile, the president of the Blanca Foundation, Lola Fernández-Ochoa, insisted on the need for psychological support for athletes. “99% of the calls we receive are from women. It is important to raise awareness about the importance of mental health in sports,” she said.

For her part, the vice president of the America’s Cup Events Barcelona, ​​Aurora Catà, announced the launch, for the first time, of a women’s competition in the Copa América. A way to “naturalize” the sport practiced by women in an event with “a massive following.”

In addition, the president of the Association of Futsal Players and EU Athletes, Natalia Orive, highlighted the need to have “a large volume of players” in this type of organizations to “have more strength in the federative and sports decision-making spaces.” “.