Bogota, Nov 6 (efe-epa).- Colombian champion cyclist Nairo Quintana urged President Ivan Duque here Tuesday to exercise more careful control over government spending to develop athletes and build sporting venues.
Quintana - a winner of the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España - and 1971 world champion Martin Emilio "Cochise" Rodriguez made their way to the presidential palace by bicycle for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Administrative Department of Sport, Recreation, Physical Activity and the Use of Free Time (Coldeportes).
"We've had many victories that came out of nowhere, that shouldn't be. Many times, it's not a lack of money, it's more a lack of organization, of a method for the money to end up in the right place," Quintana said.
Colombia has been rocked in recent years by corruption scandals involving government support for sports.
Quintana called for efforts to ensure that publicly funded sporting facilities are built to the highest standard.
Besides the cyclists, the Coldeportes anniversary event featured the participation of retired soccer star Mario Alberto Yepes, Olympic judo medalist Yuri Alvear and skating champion Cecilia Baena, as well as Paralympians and athletes from indigenous communities.
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