Ecuador bets on a new Olympic dream
The Ecuadorian Olympic Committee yesterday presented the pre-classified athletes to the Youth Games Buenos Aires 2018.
The country will compete in judo, wrestling, triathlon, BMX, weights, gymnastics, beach volleyball and athletics. Jeremy Peralta blushed when in the six monitors of the auditorium of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee (COE) was screened a video in which he appeared explaining the values that he has instilled the sport.
It was the first time that the 15-year-old from Guayaquil was seen on a television set. Peralta practices fight since 12 and is one of the 28 athletes classified and pre-classified to the III Olympic Games of Youth Buenos Aires 2018, which were presented yesterday by the COE and that this week participate in the Medical-Technical Assistance Program organized by said organism.
Ecuador increased the number of qualified exponents to the third edition of these Games in relation to the ones played in Nanjing (China), in 2014. On that occasion the country registered 19 athletes in 11 disciplines.
“This shows that the foundations of the national sport are growing significantly,” said Augusto Morán, president of the COE. So far, Ecuador has added two Olympic medals in Youth Games: the golden one of the basin Joel Villavicencio in the 10 kilometers marching in Singapore 2010 and the bronze one of Macarena Chiriboga in equestrian, team modality, in Naiging 2014.
To Yesterday’s presentation was not attended by the climbers Galo Hernández and Óscar Rivadeneira, the javelin thrower Yuleixi Angulo, the taekwondo player Darlyn Padilla and the swimmer Anika Delgado.
They train outside the country. The Youth Olympic Games will be held from 6 to 18 October in Argentina, with the participation of 4,000 athletes representing 206 countries in 32 different disciplines.
The third edition of this competition will show a symmetrical relationship between the participants, with 2,000 men and the same number of women. It is the first time that Buenos Aires prepares a youth multi-sports event. In this matter, the city previously organized the Pan American Games of 1951 and the South American Games of 2006. (I)