State authorities join efforts to find a solution to the COG situation

President Bernardo Arévalo held a meeting with the Board of Directors of the Congress of the Republic to review the COG's situation.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Josue David Acevedo Rivas -AGN-. President Bernardo Arévalo, with the Board of Directors of the Congress of the Republic and other congress members, analyzed the situation that the Guatemalan Olympic Committee -COG- is going through to find a solution so that the International Olympic Committee can lift the sanction for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Using a video on his social media, the president referred to one of the points discussed: reforming the Sports Law to benefit athletes.

Arévalo has shown full interest in solving the situation, which does not allow athletes to participate under the Guatemalan flag in the events of the Olympic cycle. However, he cannot intervene in this case, given that sport in Guatemala is autonomous.

One more step towards Paris

After the meeting, President Arévalo gave details of the points discussed. They analyzed the situation of the suspension of the national sport and the roadmap to follow to try and achieve that the athletes participate with full rights, can sing their anthem and see their flag, and celebrate with Guatemala when they win medals in Olympic competitions.

Recently, President Arévalo commented that during his visit to the IOC on February 21, he successfully advocated with Thomas Bach on the problem that has troubled the Guatemalan sports community since August 2022.

In response, the highest sports body is studying the possibility of temporarily lifting the suspension so that Guatemala can participate under its colors in the next Olympic Games, which are about to begin.

The only way to achieve this would be if Congress and the Constitutional Court show they can solve the problem with the COG’s Board of Directors.

A light at the end of the tunnel

Even though the future of Guatemalan Olympic sports is still uncertain, this type of action increases the possibility of Guatemala’s return to the events organized by the IOC with its flag and colors.

At the moment, just over 100 days before the start of the summer event, nine national athletes have already qualified for Paris 2024:

José Alejandro Barrondo – Athletics

Adriana Ruano – Shooting/ Trap women

Andrés Fernández – Modern Pentathlon

Jean Pierre Brol – Shooting/ Trap men

Juan Ignacio Maegli – Sailing/ One Person Dinghy, Men

Luis Grijalva -Athletics 5,000 metres, Men 

Sophia Hernández – Modern Pentathlon

Alberto González – Athletics 

Waleska Soto – Shooting/ Trap women

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