Quito, Aug 30 (Andes) – Ecuadorian minister of Sports Xavier Enderica described the participation of each one of the athletes who travel to Rio Olympics as successful and announced that the Andean country is already getting prepared for Tokio 2020.
“For me the participation of each one of the Ecuadorians is successful, no matter what they ranked, no matter how the competition went, each one of the different circumstances for each one of the athletes,” he said during the TV program Ecuador No Para, broadcasted by El Ciudadano in coproduction with Andes Agency.
The minister said criticism is welcome and said he is a self-critic, he said questioning is welcome when people are informed.
Ecuador participated for 14th time in the Olympics with 38 athletes in 12 sports. The Andean country won 4 Olympic diplomas and was ranked in the top ten in open-water swimming and judo.
But, why was it successful if Ecuadorian athletes did not win any medal?
“We cannot forget history, we cannot forget what occurred three, six months, two, three years, with these athletes. Because being in the Olympics is not improvising. It doesn’t mean the Ecuadorian Olympics Committee let them go.”
On this matter, he said Ecuadorian athletes qualified to Rio “in their best moment,” because in some cases, they are Pan-American and South American champions.
For those comparing the team with Colombia’s participation, which won eight medals in Rio (three gold, two silver and three bronze), minister Enderica said such country “is ahead of us” since their government has supported their team during four Olympic periods.
For Ecuador, it was the first participation in Rio supported by the government with a high performance plan.
Chile and Venezuela have had three Olympic periods with government support while Argentina has been working with a public policy on this area since 1988.
“We’re moving forward. There are many things we can improve and it is on our minds,” the minister said as he referred to the High Performance Plan that will start to focus on Tokio 2020 Olympics in 2017.
Due to the new administration to be elected in May 2017, a four-year plan cannot be made, the official affirmed.
“What we want is to guarantee the preparation of each one of our athletes,” said the Ecuadorian minister of Sports, commercial engineer with major in Marketing and Business and former swimmer with a 25-year career.
Enderica was part of the Ecuadorian athletes’ team for six years and won 350 medals and 68 trophies.
There was no policy to promote sports in Ecuador. With the current administration, the average annual investment is sports is 104 million and is supported by state policies that aim at making this area important for the comprehensive development of the human being.
Through the High Performance Plan, the State has allocated 41 million dollars during four years for the international elite athletes. 309 athletes from 27 sports are financed in four areas: preparation events and competition, sports incentive, athlete needs and fees of the multi-disciplinary team. In total, the budget is aimed at 430 people including Paralympic athletes, physical therapists, psychologists, nutritionists, sports scientists and trainers.
The work is done by sports federations, the Ministry of Sports and Public company, created in 2013, which is charge of the five High Performance Centers (CEAR) in Ecuador ( (Duran, Carpuela, Cuenca, Río Verde and Macas).
Enderica affirmed that the Public Company was not created to administer the High Performance Plan and that the connection between the Ministry and sports federation is through a technical coordinator of the government’s institution.
Ecuadorian athletes’ participation in Rio
Ecuador won four Olympic diplomas, which means eight athletes were among the world’s eight best.
These athletes are: Alexandra Escobar and Neisi Dajomes in weightlifting, Carlos Mina and Carlos Quipo on boxing.
Marlo Delgado: the boxer was among the 16 best in his category.
Esteban Enderica: ranked 23 in the 1,500 meters.
Ángela Tenorio and Marisol Landázuri: The athletes qualified for the 100 semi-finals. Tenorio qualified for the 200 meter dash semifinals.
Silvia Paredes: the Ecuadorian best-ranked in the women’s marathon.
Samantha Arévalo ranked nine in the 10km race in open-water.
Iván Enderica ranked 16 in the 10km race in open-water.
Fernando Salas ranked sixth in weightlifting.
César de Cesare qualified to final B in canoeing.
Paola Pérez ranked 24th in the 20km race walk. Byron Piedra ranked 18th in the marathon. Miguel Ángel Almachi and Segundo Jami ranked 85th and 124th.
Investment and Results
According to the number of medals, the most successful countries in the Olympics (United States, China, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Korea and Japan) are nations with a high GDP per capita. Resources, according to different studies, are a factor in sports development and there is a correlation between the GDP and the amount of Olympic Medals a territory wins. The more economic resources there are the better infrastructure, equipment, technology, training and capacity for athletes.
The United States invested 1 billion dollars, Great Britain, 540 million between 2013 and 2016, China, one billion dollars. In Latin America, Chile invested 213 million dollars, Colombia, 169, Dominican Republic, 50,2, Cuba, 62,1 million in 2015 and Ecuador, 41 million.