• Committee on Culture and Sports of Congress approve declaration of physical activity and sport

By Andrew Atkinson Chief Sports Editor

The Committee on Culture and Sports in Congress has approved the proposal of the Popular group for the declaration of physical activity and sport as an essential activity, with 25 votes in favour and 12 abstentions, after the incorporation of a transactional amendment  of the Socialist Group.

A statement said:

The initiative supports this recognition, given the clear benefit for people’s health, emphasizing its essentiality from the context of the health pandemic of COVID-19.

After the declaration of physical activity and sport as a matter of general interest, that Congress approved in October.

It also includes the adoption of the necessary measures to guarantee the protection and continuity of the professional services provided in this area to the whole of society and the guarantee that those who require special attention, due to age, physical or mental capacity, continue to receive these services or pathologies.

The issuance of certificates in cases in which trips have to be accredited and the guarantee that this recognition will only be exceptionally altered when health circumstances make it necessary and essential are also included in an initiative, similar to the one rejected in the Senate with the socialist votes against.

The General Council of Physical and Sports Education (COLEF) thanked the approval of the NLP, which is based on its manifesto in November, according to a statement, in which it defended that public policies should be concerned with physical practice – sporting of the citizenship, beyond the one carried out in the federated area.

“We hope that this initiative will gain the relevance it deserves and that it will serve so that both the Government of Spain and the different regional governments offer alternatives to the closure of facilities, such as those that the COLEF Council itself proposes. “Facilitating public spaces in the open air to all entities and professionals to continue providing their services, or issuing certificates to people who need to travel,” said COLEF.