The President of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, accompanied by the President of the CSD, Irene Lozano, held a virtual meeting this morning with athletes from 16 federations, to whom he transferred “the unconditional support of Iberdrola, in the short, medium and long term, to continue achieving success, in an atypical season in which it is very difficult to find sponsorship ”. “I hope you continue to give your all – he has encouraged you in the return of the Iberdrola Leagues – because your effort and your work is more important than ever at this time.”
To all of them and to the President of the CSD, Ignacio Galán has ensured continuity in the collaboration to continue promoting the visibility of women’s sport, which already benefits more than 300,000 athletes. In this sense, he pointed out that, although the Iberdrola Leagues are achieving more and more visibility and occupying more space, “we have to continue fighting so that our athletes have the recognition that they earn daily.” “It is a moral and justice obligation to give you the place you have. Because you are the ones who win medals ”.
During the meeting, Galán and Lozano shared experiences with various athletes, such as Carolina Marín (badminton), who explained how she is facing her first competition after seven months of uncertainty. Sandra Sánchez (karate) has shared the illusions deposited in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 “they are a gift, even the road to that day”, while the Chairman of Iberdrola has pointed out the exceptionality of his situation, “competing for the first once in an Olympiad in the country where this sport was born ”. Marta Estellés explained the difficulties of having trained in confinement “a team and contact sport” such as rugby; and Sara Hurtado (ice skating), thanked Iberdrola for “how it transforms words into real actions” and how she felt protected during the confinement in Moscow and the recovery from her injury: “you even anticipate our needs”. commented.
The CSD President, Irene Lozano, explained that “betting on women’s sport is betting on a modern society that leaves no one behind. Iberdrola has done so, as it is a pioneering company in promoting women’s sports in Spain. The CSD is also going to bet very strongly on this real equality. An example is the commitment to the professionalization of the women’s football league, but that is only one step of the many that this Council will take in favor of a greater presence of women in all levels of sport “.
Finally, during the virtual meeting, Galán stressed that “we share the same values, such as teamwork, effort, improvement, leadership, responsibility and the fight for excellence. In the most complex conditions, you have continued working and giving 100% ”. He also told them that “you are a breath of optimism. You are making history. Much progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go and we have to continue at it ”, he commented.
Iberdrola, pioneer in promoting sport practiced by women
The promotion of sport practiced by women has become a key tool for Iberdrola and the promotion of real equality between men and women, one of its essential values.
In line with its commitment to SDG 5 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, Iberdrola became in 2016 the first company to make a firm and global commitment to equality and the empowerment of women through sport. To date, the company supports a total of 16 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing . It also names 22 leagues, all of them top-flight, and another 33 competitions.
In parallel, the contribution of resources, facilities, medical services and referees, as well as the promotion and sponsorship of different initiatives in this area by the Iberdrola group has not only helped to increase the number of federated in the disciplines by 32%. mentioned above, to exceed 316,000, but is allowing elite Spanish athletes who have developed their sports careers in other countries to return to compete in Spain, contributing to increase the level and visibility of national competitions.