If you go to any town or village in Majorca you will find first class sporting facilities. I suspect it is a similar state of affairs on the mainland. Over the years the local authorities have invested heavily in building sports centres across the island. But if you look back at the Rio Olympics you will see that Spain was way down the medal table. The other big European nations, led by Britain, were well ahead.

So sadly, while Spain has the facilities, they are not leading to Olympic success. It must also be said that Spain has the climate. British sailors and cyclists who struck gold in Rio regularly train on the island. British swimmers are also frequent visitors. One of the reasons for Britain´s success is because of the money from the National Lottery. Perhaps Spain could consider similar funding for its sportspeople.

As we all know, Spain is an international powerhouse when it comes to football. World and European success has meant that Spain is one of the big football nations. But funding is needed for other sports. There are some big exceptions, such as our very own Rafa Nadal, but Spain should be doing much better. Funding for sport should not be just limited to sports stadiums. Spanish athletes also need help in the form of funding. Funding so that they can train at these excellent facilities without the concern of having to keep down a job as well. Spain should be at the top of the medal table, not in the middle. Funding is needed.


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Steve Riches / Hace over 5 years

UK's Olympic success is entirely due to the use of huge sums of money, largely from the lottery, being used on a targeted relatively small group of sports players. The UK's general sports structure at a village and town level is woeful. Facilities are poor and costs are high for the great majority of sports players. In the end what counts is the quality of sporting provision for the great majority of the population. Mallorca's sporting facilities puts the UK to shame Don't worry about a clutch of gold medals every four years even though it is a nagnificent achievement by the people concerned, worry more for what happens at grass roots


Steve / Hace over 5 years

Absolute rubbish the EU has paid for the most amazing sporting facilities. Sport is cheap in Spain. It is England who suffers as we do not have enough sporting facilities. However our GB Team is fabulous due to British Grit


S. / Hace over 5 years

Addendum to my comment.

PERHAPS "THE ONE EURO LOTTERY"---could be operated on very similar lines to THE IRISH LOTTERY ?.


S. / Hace over 5 years

Perhaps a simple Lottery to support the Spanish Olympians.

THE ONE EURO Lottery. With many small regular prizes, to a maximum of €50 .It can be played every day, and should be available to play, in every retailing local, and Supermarket. Not just in tobacconist locals. It needs a slick name as well. Although THE ONE EURO LOTTERY may be slick enough?.