Calvia.— The Socialist opposition party in Calvia yesterday denounced what it called the “drastic reduction” in public funding for local sports associations whilst at the same time allocating thousands of euros to the sporting élite.

Reports emerging after a meeting of Calvia's Sports Institute held yesterday with the ruling Partido Popular (PP) at the town hall, said that 112'000 euros will be made available in next year's budget to support the municipality's local sports clubs and associations, a figure which will include 50'000 euros for individual sports men and women. The total is 36% less than this year when 176'000 euros had been allocated by Calvia Council to sports funding - 156'000 for clubs and associations and 20'000 for individuals.

The Socialists are saying that the 50'000 euros for David Bustos of the ADA Calvia Athletics Club is “disproportionate.”

Socialist spokesman Alfonso Rodriguez Badal said that it “isn't fair” that just one sportsman should merit nearly half of the total sporting budget of Calvia next year.

He said that parents of children will be having to find money from their own pockets to finance sporting activities. “Because the PP Council has already approved an increase in charges of around 20 percent at sports installations,” said Rodriguez, “it may well mean that some clubs and associations won't have the necessary financing to continue.”

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