The BAT Basque Team hopes to tie the presence of 24 Basque athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing this summer in London, despite the higher demands.
In the appearance of those responsible today at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, satisfaction with the "sports results and the management of the four years of the Foundation", said the Director of Sports of the Basque Government Patxi Mutiloa.
Positive signs recognized by athletes for "the scholarships, technical and medical advice, sports dissemination and the initiative for labor reintegration to liquidate the stage in active sport," said the canoeist Ekaitz Saies on behalf of the group of athletes.
In 2011, a total of 42 athletes (27 men, 15 women) were included in the BAT Basque Team program, 29 of them in Olympic disciplines, 9 in non-Olympic disciplines and four Paralympic.
Last year was good for the results with the capture of three world titles, those of Eunate Agirre (bodyboard), Juan José Aranburu (shooting) and Ekaitz Saies (canoeing), in addition to four third positions in different world championships.
During the event, it was mentioned that there are already four Olympic places won by Basque athletes. Ainhoa Murua in triathlon, Juan José Aranburu and Pablo Carrera in shooting and the walker Mikel Odriozola.
"And we are waiting for the outcome of the Volvo Ocean, because sailors Iker Martínez and Xabier Fernández could be present at the Olympic Games with the possibility of reaching their third consecutive medal," advanced Patxi Mutiloa, referring to team sports He commented on the likely outstanding Basque participation in the event that the men's and women's handball teams qualify.
"Also if women's hockey is in London, we will add several Olympic players and we are waiting for the full recovery of the fighter Maider Unda," concluded Mutiloa.
Regarding the economic participation in BAT Basque Team in 2012, it was said that the contribution of the Basque Government will decrease by 5 percent, being estimated at 1.250.000 euros and another 550.000 from private sponsorship