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Statement on the suspension of the Spanish Endurance and Flyski Championship in Los Alcázares (26/02/2018)

Dionisio Baño and José Miguel Martínez, presidents of the Federation of Motonautics of the Region of Murcia and the Spanish Federation of Motonautics and Nautical Association of the Region of Murcia, have expressed their discomfort for the succession of events that have occurred after the announcement of the celebration of the Endurance Class B Spanish Championship in the Mar Menor town of Los Alcázares.

This morning, at the press conference offered at the COEC facilities in the city of Cartagena, José Miguel Martínez assured that some "ill-informed" people have created an alarm on social networks causing the City Council of Los Alcázares to withdraw support to the organizers of the sports event, leading to the suspension of this.

According to the presidents of the two federations, the previous agreement for the celebration of the championship with the representative of the town hall, in this case the Councilor for Sports, Nicolás Ruiz, was total, "everything was talked about and concretized".

For the organizers of the test, the press release issued by the City Council in which they assured that they would not support the test and that had never been officially authorized, was a rather unfortunate surprise, which differed totally from the agreements that, After several previous conversations, both parties had arrived and that later the City Council publicly acknowledged that they had planned to hold the championship.

According to the federation presidents, the reason for this change in attitude has been due to the alarm created in social networks, an unjustified alarm that has no scientific support, and that rather responds to a populist opportunism that takes advantage of the moment of social sensitivity What about the Mar Menor.

In the networks it has been said that the celebration of the championship was going to be very harmful for the smaller sea, ensuring that both the flyboard and the boats would remove the bottom of the lagoon causing serious damage.

Since the federations defend that neither one modality nor the other cause the damage of those who accuse them, ensuring that the jet stream of the flyboard that falls on the sea, is totally superficial, without any pressure when it hits the water, very similar to the effect of the rain, it is impossible for its effect to reach the bottom that is at least two meters, and that the boats, navigate with a minimum depth of two or four meters, that not even the hull has friction with the water and only the propeller it acts on the surface of the water, producing a perfectly visible aeration over the sea, making it impossible for the propeller's effect to alter the seafloor in the least.

In both cases, all boats and boats meet the strictest environmental regulations of the nautical industries worldwide.

Both Dionisio and José Miguel, both born on the shores of their waters, are aware that the Mar Menor is going through a very delicate situation and are great defenders of its protection, in fact, the last two tests of the Copa del Rey of water motorcycles, which had several editions held in the Mar Menor, were disputed in Mazarrón by unilateral decision of the federations.

But in what they do not agree is in the lynching and criminalization to which it is subjected to the sport of motonautics and motor navigation, which has no scientific study to support such serious accusations.

According to the presidents, the only intention that encouraged them to celebrate the test in the Mar Menor, was to collaborate with the City Council of Los Alcázares to contribute positively in the economy of local businesses, hotels, restaurants, etc., that outside the summer season appreciate any extra contribution that occurs and that is a commendable attitude by the City Council of Los Alcázares.

They also believe that scientists put motorized navigation in a post very late of the evils that have caused the degradation of the Mar Menor, being other activities according to them, the main causes of its deterioration and not having to date a single study scientist who accused the motor navigation of only one of the evils that our Mar Menor suffers.

The representatives of the sports federations have expressed their concern and regret for the situation created, requesting the regional and local authorities the establishment of clear rules to which to stick in the future.

"If for the sake of its ecological health we have to renounce the Mar Menor for sporting events, we will resign, but always with a scientific study that justifies this decision, never by unfounded and populist opinions.

We want them to prove to us scientifically what the damages that we supposedly cause ".

Arturo Almendro Muñoz

Secretary General RFEM.

Source: RFEM

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