Tarcísio turns Sports Secretariat into military police fortress – 17.01.2023

Since the start of the Tarcísio de Freitas (Republican) administration, among the fundamental posts within the Sports Secretariat of the São Paulo State Government have been stuffed by military police, particularly the reserve. The governor, who promised a “technical, completely technical” secretariat, appointed a military policewoman with no earlier sports activities expertise as sports activities secretary however near Marcos Pereira, the occasion’s nationwide president.

The new secretary is “Colonel Helena Reiss”, who contains in her political title the truth that she is a retired prime ministerial colonel. She, who was the top of the SP Military Chamber, ran for state deputy final yr from the Republicans, the identical occasion as Tarcísio, paired with Pereira, and was the primary deputy with 52 thousand votes.

By nominating a black lady, Tarcisio was capable of mitigate criticism of him for not having folks with that profile within the secretariat, which he had already created and introduced. In addition, with a military policewoman, he escaped the harassment of Flavio Bolsonaro (Poland), a senator who was begging to appoint his buddy and finest man Marcelo Magalaes, former nationwide secretary for sports activities.

The policemen

At the top of the sports activities secretariat, Colonel Helena (as she presents herself in official communication channels) appoints quite a few police officers with no expertise in public sports activities insurance policies. The coordination of sports activities and leisure, one of the vital necessary positions within the portfolio, can be held by Paulo Sergio Merino, a retired colonel from the prime minister and a grasp of collective well being, with a thesis on police mortality.

He has a diploma in bodily schooling and a submit-graduate qualification in sports activities coaching, however he has all the time labored within the police, and since 2004 he has been completely accountable for battalions and corporations.

Merino and Helena Reis have been colleagues on the Academia do Barro Branco, the place in addition they studied with retired colonel Mônia Puliti, who final yr went to the reserve and is now a technical adviser within the workplace of the sports activities secretariat, the identical place as Major Marcelo Hideki Chania, who introduces himself as helicopter pilot and flight teacher.

Folder servers declare that different police officers have already been launched to the secretariat and ought to be formally appointed within the coming days. When questioned, the secretariat defended Merino’s appointment, citing his coaching in bodily schooling and saying “the opposite appointments are of employees with confirmed expertise within the areas they are going to work for the sports activities secretariat, along with the arrogance of the secretary, Colonel Helena Reiss , legally accountable for appointing positions within the fee.

A brand new horizon for sports activities

Two necessary positions within the secretariat can be stuffed by politicians from tiny Novo Horizonte, a small city of 41,000 inhabitants close to São José do Río Preto, which is in flip Coronel Helena’s political stronghold — in 2020, the identical yr that went to the reserve, tried for mayor, completed the election in second place.

Now she has chosen Beto Sousa, a former Novo Horizonte Republican councilor, as her govt secretary. The secretary says he “got here from sports activities”. Souza owns an academy and has been the Municipal Secretary of Sports, along with working in Gremio Novorizontino’s youth groups.

The director of sports activities is Rodrigo do Prado, councilor of Novo Horizonte, additionally for the Republicans, after being secretary of sports activities within the municipality. According to the state authorities, he has a diploma in bodily schooling.

Marquinhos Cardoso, accountable for the elections of each “Coronel Helena” and Marcos Pereira, to whom he was legislative adviser, was appointed adviser within the secretary’s workplace. In addition to him, 5 different folks appointed to the secretariat have labored previously within the sports activities secretariat itself or within the surroundings portfolio when it was occupied by the republicans.


The sports activities secretariat handed your entire administration of João Doria (PSDB) into the palms of the Republicans, with Aildo Rodríguez as secretary. He give up when the occasion went into opposition to appoint Tarcio as its candidate in April. Aildo ran for state consultant, introduced in radio and tv advertisements as “the boy from ‘Areninhas,'” a reference to works scattered throughout the state, however he obtained solely about 20,000 votes.

For seven months, the portfolio was beneath the administration of Podemos, which appointed Thiago Milhim, a former municipal secretary in São Paulo. Under him, virtually your entire secretariat was distributed by nominees of the occasion, which continues to carry the equal portfolio within the metropolis of São Paulo.

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