AMLO Establishes Sports Training Program for Middle Schoolers

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced Thursday, May 20, the creation of a national post-secondary level education program in sports training.

“We are going to create a career, a profession, at the upper secondary level, for the training of sports technicians,” AMLO said during his daily morning press conference.

“Nationwide, there will be schools for athletics, boxing and baseball (AMLO’s favorite sport), which have already begun to be built and are already going to start operating in different parts of the country.”

The president said there will initially be seven of the sports schools.

The new government-run sports schools will offer technological certificates to graduates, and will provide comprehensive training both in sports and basic education to young people, explained Óscar Flores Jiménez, head of the Unit of Administration and Finance of the Public Education Secretariat (SEP), who presented the program during the press conference.

The schools’ three-year curriculum will include four specializations: baseball, boxing, athletics and sports physiotherapy, Flores Jiménez said.

Mexico’s first sports schools are slated to open in August, with a maximum of 70 students per campus, he said.


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