03 October 2008
Renowned Peruvian author and Department Head of the Masters in Sports offered by Real Madrid, Mario Vargas Llosa expresses his satisfaction in seeing how the world of sport has come to understand its role and commitment to society. Perhaps one day football and Real Madrid will appear in one of his works, but until then, he has given us his analysis of how sport continues to evolve to become an integral piece of a country's culture.
Although some sports activities have appeared in some of my books, it has never occurred to me to write one solely dedicated to sport. I am inspired one book at a time and they come to me based on experiences acquired over the years, which is why I cannot say that I will never write one on the subject. Life is full of surprises, and it won't be due to lack of material. The world of football, and especially Real Madrid, is rich and full of adventures, so who knows? It could be material for one of my novels.
Sport transcends other aspects of everyday life. It is intimitally linked to many variations of the world in which we live. It is a fundamental piece of education, the development of people, and it is all perfectly reflected in the investigative assistance project belonging to the Real Madrid professorship, which I have the honor of presiding. It is through this project that Real Madrid tries to stimulate academic and scientific activities directed towards the sports world. In other words, the world of healthcare. They are assistance-based investigations into anything that involves any aspect of sport. When all is said and done, they are activities related to public health. It is comforting to see how this idea tries to bring the concepts of sport and culture together, thus combatting the erroneous prejudice that they are incompatible.
Sport, after all, is a portrait of the health of a society. A society that has practiced it since childhood and maintains the habit until old age. A society whose vocation is physical exercise; it is a much healthier society. Much more than a society that is marginalized and only practiced by minorities. But sport is also related to sociability. It brings people together. It bonds and intertwines, which is precisely what is reflected by sports clubs. It's a manner of binding, of creating solidarity between big human groups, and it's up to important clubs to spread this spirit.
Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, Peru on 28 March 1936. He is a renowned Latin American novelist and essayist and one of the leading authors of his generation. He received the Cervantes Award in 1994 and the Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature in 1996, among others.
His novels and essays include “La casa verde”, “Lituma en los Andes”, “Cartas a un novelista”, “Contra viento y marea”, and “Pantaleón y las visitadoras”.