BOGOTA, September 6, 2012 -
Director of Olympic Solidarity International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Peré Miró, was visiting the headquarters of Colombian Olympic Committee
(COC), Coldeportes, High Performance Centre of Bogotá and different
sports venues where he hoped to know personally the processes,
athletic movements and projects that Colombia has to strengthen the
sport as well as the presentation of the Olympic Solidarity program
worldwide and the implications that this has for this country.
the success Colombia had in London Olympics Games 2012, where eight
medals were won, the best participation in its whole history, many eyes
have turned to this country with the intent to see and to learn from the
sport process that took place to have such a good presentation from its
delegation at the highest sports competition.
to Miró, this is the best time for his visit to Colombia and after the
few hours he spent walking the grounds, he said: "this result was not
the result of improvisation or chance, I really think that the eight
medals that Colombia won
at the Olympic Games, were the result of planning, well done and
serious work made in long term".
In addition to Peré Miró, successful
sports model in Colombia can be defined in three elements: "Unit:
between institutions which is essential, Common Sense: because the plan
that Colombia has done is very logical, although sometimes logical
things are the most difficult and Enthusiasm: which is shown at every
OF HIGH PERFORMANCE: The High Performance Centre in height (CAR) is a
sports complex with modern facilities where athletes have every
opportunity to make comprehensive preparations.
There are soccer
fields, tennis courts, athletic stadium, specialised strength unit, mini
soccer fields, arenas for table tennis, boxing, fútsala, basketball,
volleyball and gymnastics,
Olympic pool, archery field among others.
It also has biomedical
service centre, which is recognised as the most complete and modern in
Latin America. The centre develops the "Program for Prevention and
Control of prohibited substances in sports, which joins global fight
doping and promote fair play.
That is why World Anti doping Agency
(WADA) has recognised Coldeportes as the National Anti doping
Organization of Colombia from where also they co-operates with the
Central American countries because it is part of the Regional
Anti-Doping Organization (RADO) in Central America and Colombia "
Information from Coldeportes.
for the facilities en Bogotá, Miró has said: "The sports facilities are
truly magnificent, a High Performance Centre that I think it is worth
for the Colombian
athletes to be known and exploited by athletes from the rest of the
world, also the fact of the high altitude is very important and gives
added value to this place".
PROCESS: Currently the High Performance Centre would be missing the
globally articulation that it can offer, this country has the facilities
and technicians in order to be able to offer a full service to
international athletes, a special thing because for Olympic
Solidarity-International Olympic Committee athletes peace and comfort is
very important. One thing that is required is the completion of the
accommodation area, Andrés Botero, director of Coldeportes, who
accompanied Peré Miró throughout his visit said that "we are in a very
advanced process to get the shelter ready for the start of 2013 , as a
performance center would not be complete without shelter".
Solidarity of the International Olympic Committee, sees cooperation
agreements with the countries affiliated with the IOC, where the
beneficiaries are the athletes, it is with the scholarships they get,
that they can devote themselves to train more calmly and also the
Olympic Solidarity lends support to coaches and managers . To begin in
Colombia, the process will start only with the support to athletes and
eventually is expected to extend it to others who are part of sports
training. It is notably that Mariana Pajón and Usain Bolt both gold
medallists at London 2012 in BMX and athletics respectively have been
benefited with the Olympic Solidarity scholarships that the
International Olympic Committee
Colombia agreements are expect to soon become a reality and offer the best High Performance Centre to world sport.