President Hugo Chavez supporter of Venezuelan Surfing dies
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 March, 2013 : - - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a long battle with cancer, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced today in a national broadcast Chavez died on Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. local time. President Hugo Chavez a supporter of Venezuelan surfing tweeted in 2012 after Magnum Martinez won the ISA Masters gold, ‘Magnum Martinez Campeon del Surf. Bravo Magnum! Viva la Patria Venezolana.’ Translation: ‘Magnum Martinez Surf Champion. Bravo Magnum! Long Live Venezuelan Pride.’
In 2008 it was said when speaking of the ALAS circuit, if Hugo Chávez sponsored any sport with oil money, it would be Venezuelan surfing. Four years later Antonio Sotillo, President of the Venezuelan Surfing Federation (FVS) was able to announce, 'we have the support of our government and that is very important for our success.'
In his comments about the country welcoming the ISA to its shores in 2012, Sotillo thanked the efforts and support of President Hugo Chavez Frias, the Minister of Popular Power for Sport, Hector Rodriguez, Deputy Minister of Performance, Yuri Quiñnes, the Deputy Minister of Sports, José Alejandro Teran and the entire staff of the Ministry of Sport.
Venezuela situated in South America next to Colombia, Brazil and Guyana and was originally inhabited by Carib, Arawak and Chibcha peoples. The first permanent Spanish settlement was established in 1522 and Venezuela became a Spanish colony until independence in 1811 as part of Gran Colombia, from which it later seceded.
Venezuela was governed by a series of military dictatorships until 1958 when Romulo Betancourt won the first democratic presidential election. The 1970s oil crisis brought windfall profits to Venezuela’s oil industry but created further social tensions due to unequal wealth distribution.
Unrest grew during the 1980s, when oil prices fell and social programmes were cut, and resulted in an historic agreement between government, business and trades unions. Further economic problems were exacerbated by an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan and drastic austerity programme that led to riots, a general strike, martial law and many fatalities.
Carlos Andres Perez was elected president in 1989 and survived two military coups in 1992, before being ousted and imprisoned seven years later for embezzlement and corruption. In 1998 Hugo Chavez, who lead the first coup against Perez, was elected and introduced a new constitution.
Hugo Chavez was re-elected in 2000 for a further six years, on a radical reform mandate covering the land and oil industries known as the Bolivarian revolution after the independence hero Simon Bolivar. Hugo Chavez Frias was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2012.
Source: File reports
Author: The Editors
Tags: Venezuela Surfing Federation, Hugo Chavez