Argentine judoka Paula Pareto, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, made waves when she announced she was giving up her state coaching stipend to share it among struggling athletes.

Her comments last month came after Argentina's austerity-minded government cut the number of judokas it supports from 18 to four.

With just weeks to go until the Paris Olympics, Argentina's high-level athletes are increasingly worried about their futures due to cost-cutting measures under libertarian President Javier Milei.