Gustav Petro, president elect of Colombia, announced through her Twitter account that the Olympic medalist María Isabel Urrutia will be the new Minister of Sport. The president recalled the passage of María Isabel as a congressman and stressed that she will also represent the Afro-Colombian people in her cabinet.

The renowned athlete María Isabel Urrutia will be our Minister of Sports. She promoted the professionalization of athletes during her time in Congress and will be a representative of the Afro-Colombian people in the cabinet,” Petro wrote on his social network.

María Isabel Urrutia went down in the history of Colombian sports after winning the first gold medal for the country in the Olympic Gamesafter achieving it in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in weightlifting category 69 – 75 kilograms.

Later, after retiring from the sport, was elected Representative to the House in 2002 for the special circumscription of black people, being re-elected in 2006 with the approval of the Afro-Colombian Social Alliance.

Urrutia led the bill that grants pensions to athletes who achieve distinctions in international competitionsin addition to accompanying throughout their preparation for high-performance athletes.

Gustavo Petro announced during the last Copa América that he would ask his new Sports Minister to make one of his priorities work for women’s football in the country.