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Ecuador declares sports as State policy

Ecuador declares sports as State policy

Quito, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The signing of an executive decree today made sport official as a state policy in Ecuador, where the program 'Hincha de mi barrio' (Fan of my neighborhood) also came into effect. The initiative, legalized by President Guillermo Lasso, declared the sector as a fully established government strategy to promote physical activity in the country.
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‘With this decree we want to make sports a priority to turn the country into a sports power, develop formative sports and guarantee the allocation of resources for High Performance’, assured the president.

The objective is to strengthen several areas, including physical and mental health, in addition to collaborate in social and economic development, community integration and comprehensive training of Ecuadorians.

According to the Sports Minister, Sebastián Palacios, the decree will benefit athletes in both the training and high performance sectors.

For its part, the program ‘Fans of my neighborhood’ will be aimed at children and young people, while helping integrate communities.

In this regard, the head of the program stated that it is an opportunity for this sector of the population and at the same time it allows for a healthier society by helping to instill principles and values through the practice of sports.

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