Castilla-La Mancha will attend the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics with one of the most complete delegations that has ever attended an Olympic event. There will be a total of 14 Olympic and four Paralympic athletes, as well as six technicians and referees who will attend one of the most important sporting events.
In this sense, indicate that the Olympic Games, which will begin next Friday, July 23 and will run until Sunday, August 8, will be the first for Sandra Sánchez, considered the best karate fighter in history in Spain or for Adriana Cerezo, the revelation taekwondo fighter who has achieved the Olympic place with only 18 years.
For his part, it will be his second presence in an Olympic event for the canoeist Francisco Cubelos, who arrives with the aim of obtaining a medal in the K-2 modality and the third for the shooter Alberto Fernández who has once again achieved his classification in the Olympic pit .
Likewise, triathlete Fernando Alarza goes to Tokyo with options for an Olympic diploma and with hopes of a medal.
To this group of athletes from individual disciplines must be added those classified in team sports such as Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas and Jorge Maqueda, who are part of the Spanish Handball team that attends the games or that of Usman Garuba who will compete with the Basketball selection.
Other Olympic athletes who will compete are the taekwondo players Jesús Fraile, Laura Rodríguez, Iker Miquel Abab and Carlota Teresa Zanoni; as well as Pablo Abián in badminton.
Paralympics. As for our representatives at the Paralympic Games, which will take place from August 24 to September 5, Francisco Javier Sánchez Lara will be present, repeating after winning the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
Also participating is the cyclist Luis Miguel García Marquina, with handbike options or the players Virginia Pérez and Almudena Montiel, belonging to Amiab Albacete, who will participate with the Spanish wheelchair basketball team.
As for the Castilian-Manchego coaches who come to Tokyo, Javier Abián (badminton) repeats that he goes as his brother’s coach; Antonio Serrano Sánchez (athletics) who was an Olympian as an athlete in Seoul 1988 and who reaches his fifth Olympic appointment as a coach, the swimming referee Manuel Real; the volleyball referee Susana María Rodríguez; as well as the handball and taekwondo coaches, Jesús Rivilla and Jesús Ramal, respectively.
The Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Rosa Ana Rodríguez, wanted to wish everyone luck and showed them the pride and gratitude of the regional government “because they are going to represent Castilla-La Mancha in the most important competition in the world of sport”.
Rodríguez has also sent a message of encouragement to Irene Sánchez-Escribano, one of our great athletes who is out at the last minute and will not be able to go to the Olympics due to an injury.