Updated 07/22/2021 – 13:59
Andrea Bentez will become the first Spanish skater in history to participate in the Olympic Games, since replace Dutch Candy Jacobs, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to compete finally due to the sanitary protocols of Tokyo 2020
After the Olympic qualification tests, Andrea Bentez occupied the position number 20 in the ranking and finished as the first substitute for the place awarded to Africa after the World Championships that were held in Rome, according to the Spanish Federation. Thus, Andrea will travel to Tokyo this Friday and be the first member of the Spanish team to debut at the Games.
“Staying out of Tokyo 2020 was a very big stick,” says the Spanish athlete. “I was all year in qualifying positions and in the last test I was at the gates. When I received the news I was left in ‘shock’, do not believe it and I have to admit that I have come to tears. continuation I have written to Candy, my friend and inspiration for many years to wish her a speedy recovery and give her lots of encouragement “.