The undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Spanish priest Melchor Sanchez de Toca and Alamedaclarified this Wednesday that if the Vatican participate in some Olympic Games it will be in a “symbolic” way and not “for the medals”.
During the presentation of the international congress ‘Sport for all. Cohesive, accessible and adapted to each person’, Held this Thursday and Friday, 250 people from 40 different countries will come together to promote inclusive sport.
Touch and Alameda explained that the Vatican’s relationship with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is “excellent”; however, he assured that the Holy See first you need to create a Vatican Olympic Committee to resolve important issues of citizenship and representation. However, he has made it clear it is not “a unilateral decision” and added.
It is the IOC that recognizes a national committee as Olympic, it is not a unilateral decision. Our function will be fundamentally symbolic. You will not compete for medals.
Finally, the Spanish priest spoke about the participation of the cyclist Rien John Schuurhuis with the colors of the Vatican, in the cycling world championship. Although this athlete did not finish the race, his story has gone viral on social media.
The cycling World Cup has a testimonial function; yes, once you are admitted to these competitions you cannot make a fool of yourself, although it is a symbolic presence.
The Holy See had a non-sports presence at the 2018 Winter Olympics which took place in PyeongChang (South Korea), when the IOC sent Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi an invitation to send a delegation to the Olympic event and opening of the Olympic Games, but did not participate in practice in any competition.
(With information from Europe Press)