Most of the Spanish athletics team that will compete in the Tokyo Games said goodbye this Thursday in a massive press conference at the Vallehermoso stadium in Madrid, before leaving tomorrow for the Japanese capital to Rome. The rest, marathoners and marchers, will do it a week later.
In total there were 42 athletes present at the farewell ceremony after the unfortunate low due to injury at the last minute of the obstacle player Irene Snchez-Escribano, for which he had some moving words his inseparable Marta Prez.
The mediofondista Soriana could not avoid the tears when she remembered that “Tokyo was a project long dreamed of and shared by the two. For me it has been a huge stick although evidently it is she who has suffered the injury. I still can’t believe he’s not here with me. “
We are a team and we have already shown it in recent competitions. The goal is to return home satisfied and with your head held high for having given everything.
Aauri Lorena Bokesa, team captain
The athletes were distributed by one of the stands of the modern Madrid stadium scrupulously respecting the distances established by the anticovid protocol and avoiding at all times contact with the press or the authorities present at the event, who followed it from the track.
Aauri Lorena Bokesa took the floor as one of the two captains of the team, as the other, ‘Chuso’ Garca Bragado, was not. The Cuatrocentista, who will live her third Games in Tokyo, assured that she was “especially excited” to exercise this responsibility.
“We are a team and we have already shown it in recent competitions. The goal is to return home satisfied and with our heads held high for having given everything,” Bokesa recalled.
“The DNA of this team is competitiveness. You are going to represent those values in Tokyo and that is a source of pride. Have patience and courage to look this challenge in the eye. We must recognize the effort because all of you are going to try to be better and it has been very difficult to get here, “he said. Plated Ral, President of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation.
Bronze brooches for Peleteiro and Redondo
Chapado also wanted to surprise two of the team members, Ana Peleteiro and Laura Redondo, who received the Bronze Brooch for reaching 15 caps with the national team.
“I am anxious but I have no nerves. I was out of the Games twice but the third time is the charm. The training sessions have gone very well and I am only thinking about arriving, facing the conditions that will exist and thinking about the competition, “Peleteiro said precisely when asked how he was approaching these Games.