Statum's online process used by “thousands” of athletes per year
The athlete's card is one of the most used procedures on the website of the National Sports Secretariat in Uruguay. This body is in charge, among other tasks, of authorizing athletes to participate in competitions of the federations of different disciplines.
This procedure is required to practice any activity, regardless of the level within each federation, as stated in Article 447 of Law No. 18,719.
The process can be initiated by anyone, who must enter the information in the web form including the necessary documentation for each sport. This information must be scanned or photographed, accompanied by a letterhead from the club or federation to which it belongs and signed by the authorities. If you are under 18 years of age, you must present the child's or adolescent's card. After the age of 19, the certificate of physical fitness issued by an institution authorized by the Ministry of Public Health must be delivered.
The National Sports Secretariat, through a sports medical center that it owns, approves what arises from the sports fitness certificate issued by the health provider institution to which the user belongs. After 72 business hours, the authorities issue the card. Users can find out if the broadcast was made or not through a website of the agency.
The entire solution is carried out through Apia, the Statum assembled technological system.
Roland Giménez, head of the Information Technology Department of the National Sports Secretariat, who has been working with Statum for years to implement the system, said that this procedure is the most used by users.
“We receive thousands of requests per year for this topic,” he commented.
The reason is that the performance of all professional competitions in the country depends on whether the athletes obtain the license. If they don't have it, they can't compete.
Most are soccer players who play in tournaments organized by the Uruguayan Soccer Association and the Uruguayan Basketball Federation, the two most popular sporting activities in the country.
Giménez indicated that the technology "is very solid". "It even works at a time when there are so many requests in one day," he said. That happens when they are close to starting the official competitions. "There we can have thousands of consultations in a single day," he said. "The system never returns inconsistent data and for the user it is quite easy," he concluded.