Spain's new sports minister Maxim Huerta says he does not hate sports

Spain's new sports minister, who wrote he 'hated' sports in a Twitter message eight years ago, said Thursday this was not the case after he was sworn in.

AFP June 07, 2018 21:18:23 IST
Spain's new sports minister Maxim Huerta says he does not hate sports

Madrid: Spain's new sports minister Maxim Huerta, who wrote he "hated" sports in a Twitter message eight years ago, said Thursday this was not the case after he was sworn in.

Spains new sports minister Maxim Huerta says he does not hate sports

Spain's culture and sports minister Maxim Huerta. Reuters

"I am not athletic, I say this because of everything that has emerged, I don't like to practise sports, but I love sports," Maxim Huerta, an award-winning author who is also culture minister, told reporters after he took his oath of office.

"That doesn't mean anything. I will support and love sports and support all athletes because they are heroes and heroines," he added.

In Twitter message from April 2010 uncovered after he was nominated on Wednesday to the post in a surprise move by new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Huerta said he "hated" sports, adding it was a way to "overvalue the physical".

"Maxim Huerta, a sports minister who 'hates' sports," wrote Spain's top-selling sports daily Marca on its front page on Thursday.

Before being sworn in, Huerta has already tried to calm the controversy sparked by his old message, writing in a new Tweet that "sports is also education and culture. Sports is respect, dedication, humility, perseverence".

Huerta is one of just six male ministers in Sanchez's government, which includes 11 women, the most of any administration in modern Spanish history.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Jharkhand athlete Geeta Kumari forced to sell vegetables; government intervenes to provide financial assistance
Sports

Jharkhand athlete Geeta Kumari forced to sell vegetables; government intervenes to provide financial assistance

Geeta Kumari had won eight gold medals at state-level walking competitions and won a silver medal

Colin Kaepernick signs production deal with Disney, ESPN to produce docuseries on his life
Sports

Colin Kaepernick signs production deal with Disney, ESPN to produce docuseries on his life

The Colin Kaepernick-ESPN partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity.

COVID-19 Immunity: Lancet study suggests herd immunity may not be possible, antibodies found only in 5% of test population in Spain
Health

COVID-19 Immunity: Lancet study suggests herd immunity may not be possible, antibodies found only in 5% of test population in Spain

Herd immunity of importance as for the pandemic to be over, enough people in a community have to develop immunity against the coronavirus either after getting the disease or through vaccination