RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Without a ministry to defend its interests, sports loses strength in the Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) government.

In the proposal for the Annual Budget Law (LOA) for 2020 sent to the National Congress, the president proposes that investment in sports be R$220 (US$55) million, almost half of the R$431 million reais that was proposed by Michel Temer in LOA for 2019.

Compared to the last Olympic cycle, the investment cut is even greater. Excluding expenses related to the Olympic legacy, the reduction in investment in comparison with the one for 2016 is 74 percent . . .

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