Rosalía A. Villanueva
La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, February 20, 2021, p. a10
The promise that the National Center for the Development of Sports Talents and High Performance (CNAR) will be a bubble and before its admission tests for Covid-19 will be applied when it opens its doors next Friday, encourage coach Stefan Marinov to continue with Yahel Castillo’s plans for the World Cup and the Olympics, both in Tokyo.
The diving coach received the information from the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports that the pool and gym will be available starting on the 26th of this month with all health protocols, in addition to being vaccinated on a date to be defined.
“We will be concentrated in that place with lodging and food without allowing outings so that there are no infections. We are very encouraged to return to training, because since March 16 when the selective was made and they told us that the CNAR would be closed, as far as possible we look for other alternatives.
We trained dry, they lent us a gym and Yahel fitted out his house. (The Secretary of National Defense of which the diver is a part) provided us with the military pools during these months, said the technician.
He recognizes the good attitude that his pupil has taken, he is very animated, he gets up at 5 in the morning to run and the truth is he has a great commitment for the competitions that are still in force with the World Cup in Tokyo –in April– and the summer appointment in the Japanese capital (July and August).
We know that the Olympic Games are still not 100% certain (that they will be held), but I believe that in three months the picture will be clear and everything will be decided, adds Marinov.
Although the Mexican Swimming Federation has not established a place or day for the World Cup selection or the Olympic tournament, the coach considers that in case they are not held, the country’s places should be given to those who won them.
In that sense, Yahel and Juan Celaya, world medalists, would have a direct pass in the synchronized three meters, but we will have to wait for what the authorities decide.