Argentine University Sport Federation (FeDUA) and Argentine Taekwondo Confederation (CAT) signed an agreement which resolved that every athlete who wants to take part of Argentine Taekwondo Team is required to study a career after finishing high school. Athletes will also be required to present an annual study certificate, and both entities will help, advice and guide through selection process and inscriptions in all careers.
Emiliano Ojea, FeDUA president, highlighted: “The intention is to replicate this with the rest of the sports federations, and that studying and playing sports can go hand in hand in our country, as we see happening in the rest of the world every time we have the chance to exchange experiences with our European and Asia pairs”.
“We look after providing tools to our youth so that in the future they will not be disengaged in work life”, said Ignacio Gontán, CAT president. “Some people, because they dedicated to sport since young, abandon their studies. So families are grateful because they will not only finish high school, but also study in a university or a college”, added.
This initiative can be reflected in judoka Paula Pareto example. Her bronze in Beijing 2008 and her gold in Rio 2016 go with her medical degree.