The Chamber of Deputies voted this Wednesday (6th) the bill that reformulates sports legislation, instituting rights for athletes in training and bringing together several laws in a single legal diploma. As it was modified in the House, the General Sports Law returns to the Senate, where the project had its origin.
The project’s rapporteur, Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE), said that the proposal makes physical education professionals an essential category for health and recognizes professionals who work in the most diverse modalities, such as martial arts and yoga. “They are professionals who work in preventive health, as recognized by the World Health Organization.”
According to the text, there will also be changes in the distribution of the collection of prognostic lotteries (Mega-Sena, Quina and similar). Of the total that falls to the body responsible for Sport (currently the Special Secretariat for Sport of the Ministry of Citizenship), the text removes 1.13 percentage points to direct resources to the state secretariats of Sport, in proportion to the bets made in its territory, for application in Olympic and Paralympic school games.
The rapporteur’s text reincludes in the legislation the collection of clubs from part of the salaries and income obtained from the transfer of players to finance the Federation of Associations of Professional Athletes (Faap).
Another change is that the permission for companies and individuals to deduct from the Income Tax due to amounts contributed in sports and parasports projects, which would end in 2022, will no longer have an end date. The rapporteur also changed the donation limits. Legal entities can deduct up to 4% of the tax due through donations, against the current limit of 1%. For individuals, the limit goes from 6% to 7% of the tax due.
The project also dealt with rights for athletes in training, special contracts for sports work with young people from 16 years of age, maternity leave, crimes of supporters and public control, among others.
Among the highlights approved is the one that guarantees immediate effectiveness to the quota of 30% of women in the management positions of sports entities benefiting from public resources and lotteries. An amendment was also passed that guarantees assistance for former professional athletes.
The deputies also excluded from the proposal that came from the Senate the granting of tax exemption to companies domiciled in Brazil and linked to a sports organization that promotes a sporting event.
* With information from the Câmara de Notícias Agency