09/03/2021 at 3:10 PM CEST
Miquel Iceta, Minister of Culture and Sports, declared this Friday that Paralympic sport “It has come to stay and has to grow more” and he highlighted the “commitment and values” of the participants of the Spanish delegation, who with two days remaining to conclude the Tokyo Games have already surpassed 31 Rio de Janeiro medals.
Iceta is in Tokyo to support Spanish athletes in the last days of competition in the Japanese city, including the Spanish wheelchair basketball team, which he encouraged from the stands of the Ariake Arena, where he suffered the defeat in the semifinals with the United States.
“We have lost a brilliant match but we are going for the bronze on Sunday. The Paralympic family has shown that they have a lot of category, they have a lot of resistance and I am almost thinking of Paris, that we are going to get better results than here,” said Iceta, in his appearance before the media.
The Minister of Culture and Sports highlighted “the commitment of many organizations to Paralympic sport” so you can continue to be successful.
“Our athletes give everything and that is the important thing in the Games. That pride and that illusion that they make us all feel. In sport they show us their ability, their power, their endurance, “he confessed.
“I would like many more people to follow Paralympic sports. Chair basketball has nothing to envy basketball without wheels. It is bright, vibrant, they are games with a lot of emotion and there is a lot of warmth from the people,” he said.
Bet on continuing to support Paralympic sport
“It is worth it that we turn to the Paralympians because they do not give up, they do not resign themselves and that is the great lesson in any of the matches,” said Iceta, who stressed that athletes with disabilities “They demonstrate outstanding capabilities.”
“If there are some prizes that should have a special endowment, these are because they put much more heart, more head, it costs them more but they try much more and that is the beauty of Paralympic sport, which has come to stay and has to grow, “he said.
Spain, a power
With two days remaining to conclude the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Spain has 33 medals (9 golds, 13 silvers and 11 bronzes), two more than in Rio de Janeiro.
“We are going to do more. We are surpassing what has been achieved in Rio because Spain is a powerhouse. This has to do with the commitment of many entities, such as ONCE. It is worth recognizing their support for female athletes. That will lead us to a Paris brilliant in which more medals will be obtained, “he concluded.
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