17.05.06

Xavier Vinyals: The time has come

The time has come
Xavier Vinyals
01/09/2005
The time has come
Xavier Vinyals
01/09/2005
Once the sentence of the CSA (Court of Sport Arbitration) is known and has been made public, there is a new opportunity for Catalonia in its process of internationalisation as a sporting country. Without making evaluations on the sentence itself –that all by itself would deserve it–, it is obvious that the time has come to work again with the maximum of our energy, efficiency and discretion we can. But, mostly, it is also time for the unity of Catalan sport. We must dedicate all the means that are necessary to the possibilities that the CSA offers now. We should spare no effort in this; too much is at stake for us. We cannot allow ourselves any bad results again; and not only because the Catalan Skating Federation could miss this new opportunity. It is also because this circumstance would certainly weaken our positions and would not help at all to speed up the internationalisation process of Catalan sport. Otherwise, if the result we expect finally went our way, this element would certainly be determinant as regards the work that other Catalan federations are doing or attempt to do now or in the future. The “snow ball” effect would be extremely positive for our aspirations. The large door would be wide open. Therefore, now it is necessary that Catalan sport and all those parts concerned that in some way or another are operating and can help work as united as possible, without any leading roles or personal partialities by anyone. The Skating Federation and the UFEC, the public Administration and civil society, political parties and the media, all together. Now. It is a first-rank country goal and, therefore, all such efforts are worthy. As any other country would do acting in the legitimate defence of its national interests. Later on, if need be, we can fight each other again quite legitimately, or defend each one of us that what he believes is appropriate, or, simply, devote ourselves to watering our own small vegetable garden. But not now. Now it is time for rigour and gravity. Now it is time for discretion and momentum. Now it is time to serve the country. No doubt, from the Platform we will act accordingly. Now it is time for truth. We hope that we will all rise to the occasion.