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They will give stimulus of 240 thousand pesos to athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics

Erendira Palma Hernandez

La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, November 21, 2020, p. a10

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador delivered the National Sports Award yesterday while announcing that 900 athletes and coaches will be given an economic stimulus of 240 thousand pesos. He also noted the importance of physical activity to prevent chronic diseases or face the Covid-19 pandemic.

More than 900 athletes and coaches will receive resources for their preparation and thus be successful in the next Olympic Games, who attend. It is not a scholarship, so you will not have to charge month after month, now you can manage without the tutelage of an instance that grants what corresponds to you said.

The winners of the National Sports Award this year were Renata Zarazúa, in the professional field, while in the amateur they were the cyclist Jessica Salazar, the women’s softball team, as well as the divers Yahel Castillo and Juan Celaya, who could not attend due to who is abroad so he was represented by his mother.

In the Paralympic category, the taekwondo player Juan Diego García won the award, as coach Stefan Marinov and Jesús Salvador González were awarded, while as the best referee the winner was Lucila Venegas. Former baseball player Fernando Toro Valenzuela received recognition for his career, and Mauricio Sulaimán was elected in the field of promoting sports.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the president took advantage of this ceremony to reflect on the importance of sport to prevent diseases.

“In medicine, as you know, there are two important options: preventive and curative. Both are necessary, but much can be done if we promote health education, a vaccine to avoid suffering chronic diseases that complicate our lives, such as the pandemic that we suffer.

A good vaccine is the practice of sports, exercising, taking care not to overweight. Who are the ones suffering the most from the pandemic? Those with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, he pointed out.


▲ Aspect of the award ceremony for the best of sport, which was headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador yesterday at Campo Marte Photo Pablo Ramos

Upon receiving the award, Jessica Salazar responded for the athletes and highlighted the importance of having this type of recognition to boost her career.

“This award motivates us to impose more difficult challenges and bigger goals, which will impact Mexico.

Athletes must serve as an example to society and, above all, to youth, to note that the most beautiful thing is not titles or recognition, but good habits, he said.

He highlighted the achievement of the Mexican delegation by being in third place in the medal table at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, so now in the Tokyo Olympic Games we must redouble our efforts.

Ana Gabriela Guevara, head of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports, pointed out that the same hope as last year should be maintained to compete in the summer fair. I recognize the athletes for knowing how to cope with the anguish and despair in the face of the uncertainty of the Covid-19.

The former sprinter lamented the death of Ernesto Canto, Olympic champion in Los Angeles 1984, for whom she asked for a minute of applause. He lost the race in the walk of life, he was an athlete who gave himself to the sport.

The ceremony was also attended by Esteban Moctezuma, Secretary of Education; Arturo Herrera, head of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit; Admiral José Rafael Ojeda, head of the Secretary of the Navy; General Luis Crecencio Sandoval, Secretary of National Defense; Claudia Sheinbaum, Head of Government of Mexico City, as well as Dr. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, wife of the President.