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Mexican Olympic Committee sees budget slashed

MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican Olympic Committee said Wednesday that it will no longer be able to offer food, lodging and medical services at its main sports training complex, marking the latest casualty in a round of deep budget cuts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

In his first seven months in office, he has cut government posts and salaries and drastically reduced spending on perks and benefits.

Lopez Obrador describes his financial plan as "republican austerity.''

But his cuts have begun to seriously hit everyone from athletes to archaeologists, who worry that they won't have enough money to carry out essential tasks. Critics say the government is spending the same amount of money but reallocating it to different things.

The Mexican Olympic Committee said it lacks the $4.7 million needed to run the Olympic sports center in Mexico City with full services. The complex has track and pool facilities, as well as a gymnasium and velodrome. This year, government funding for sports is about 25% below 2018 levels.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.