Sports Minister: Starting next year, the Golden League for the performance of athletes and the financing of children’s football academies

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Eduard Novak, announced on Thursday, in Oradea, that from January 2022 several special projects funded from outside the budget for distinguished athletes, such as the Golden League, will be implemented, and that he wants to provide football academies in MTS funding for children through the Romanian Federation for football.

“The formulation of the national strategy as a final period in March next year, but we want to implement from January some special projects, with an additional budget, for outstanding athletes, creating a golden league in which we rescue and put the best athletes in the best conditions of training and good preparation, funded by MTS And it is owned by COSR. It is very clear: The best athletes, in preparation for the Olympic Games, will be financed by COSR, of course, from our budget,” announced Thursday, at a press conference, Minister Edward Novak, together with Bihor County Governor Dumitru was screaming .

The minister indicated that in this context, they will organize camps for children during the holidays, within a week, in various sports. In the winter, a pilot program will begin in the county residences, skiing or swimming, by DJTS, in cooperation with local councils, with the participation of private clubs, coaches, etc.

“In the absence of such opportunities, we will find other sports. The minister explained that in the spring we will have three weeks off, and in the summer we will have more camps. “

He stressed the need for a special budget for disabled sports. He noted that in the Paralympic Games there are 500 gold medals compared to the Olympics, where there are 250 gold medals, which is why this part deserves special attention.

The minister also specified that he wants to enter, as of next year, into financing the MTS children’s football academies through the Romanian Football Federation.

“I don’t think this mentality that the football world is correct. It’s about sports, about our children. If they want football, they have to do it in large numbers. We, the ministry, want a special budget for this project,” Novak said.

On Thursday, before meeting with the press, the minister took part in a discussion with Governor Dumitru Széppelia, himself a sports college graduate, among others, as well as with directors and representatives of DJTS, sports clubs and associations from Bihor County.

“I can tell you that the way the national sports strategy has been drawn up has impressed me. The governor announced that if he was running (MTS, no) to complete and implement this strategy, it would be a reference moment for Romania.”

The purpose of the visit of the Minister of Youth and Sports of Oradea, which takes place throughout Thursday, is to find out as many issues as possible in the field of sports in Bihor province, but also to collect suggestions and proposals for the National Sports Strategy Document. In fact, this activity began in the territory in January, in order to identify and analyze Romanian sport from all points of view.

The National Sports Strategy was drawn up on the basis of a memorandum signed by several ministries – the Ministry of Health, Education, Interior, Defense and Development and European Funds – by an interministerial group, together with a team of 12 specialists from UBB Cluj-Napoca.

“The problems are many. The first is that we do not have a common vision, and a unification of efforts is required. Today we have thousands of clubs, I think Romania is the leader in Europe in the amount of money we spend from the state budget on sports, but I tell you that everyone plays their sport,” Minister Edward said. Novak, if we can prioritize sports, if we can get visibility at all levels on these sports, our efforts and our financial impact will be different.”

The minister stressed that the financial audit showed that only 15% of the ministry’s budget goes to the athletes and that the rest of the money from the budget goes to repairs and renovations “not where it should be”.

“We have to invest money in sports, in camps, in staff, in knowledge. Local authorities can maintain their sports rules, they know the needs very well and I think this is the only way to manage much better,” Novak concluded.

The National Strategy for Sports and Youth in Romania (2016-2032) has three main objectives: sports in schools, table sports, and performance sports. From November of this year until February 2022, a total of 50 consultations will be organized, to be completed at the end of March next year.


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