Pedro Sánchez announces 1,000 million for Paris 2024

So as not to forget the tokyo heat, nor emotions, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, led today at 4:30 p.m. on the athletics track of the High Performance Center of Madrid (CAR) the tribute to the Olympic medalists (17 metals and 42 diplomas) and paralympic (36 medals and 88 diplomas), who wore their treasures around their necks.

On the stage, some who will no longer return to the Games as the eternal handball captain Alberto Entrerríos and others who are the future like Adriana Cerezo (silver in taekwondo at the age of 17) or the Paralympic swimmer Marta Fernandez (gold, silver and bronze). And Alberto Fernández, Damián Quintero, Ricardo Ten, Adi Iglesias, Sandra Sánchez… The karate fighter gracefully presented the president with a Tokyo 2020 commemorative medal with a request: “Do what you can to keep karate in Paris 2024.”

Pedro Sánchez, who spent a good time before and after the event chatting with the athletes, stressed that the results “they confirm Spain as a world power” and he predicted being “on the verge of a new cycle of success and expansion.” The president recalled that for Tokyo it has already been destined “the largest investment item since Barcelona 1992” and to Paris 2024 announced that “1,000 million euros will be allocated between 2019 and 2023, which is 40% more than what was allocated in the 2015-2018 period”. “We are the only European country that has placed sport as a lever in European recovery plans,” he said.

The president of the Olympic Committee, Alexander White, highlighted “the greatness of Spanish sport because 56.4% of our athletes finished in the top eight “. “We must not abandon Paris, which will be better than Tokyo,” he warned.

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Within three years, the Olympians and Paralympians will already receive the same awards from the Higher Sports Council. Thus it advanced Miguel Carballeda, President of the Paralympic Committee: “Equal effort, equal reward because we are all first-class citizens.” Susana Rodríguez, doctor and gold in triathlon, encouraged “to continue advancing in equality without labels because we all strive the same”. Now, for example, an individual Olympic gold receives 94,000 euros compared to 70,000 for the Paralympics (24,000 less). The joint State homage is another step.

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