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More than 50 athletes could lead Venezuela to Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

More than 50 athletes could lead Venezuela to Nanjing Youth Olympic Games

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on May 01, 2014

The venezuelan athlete Robeilys Peinado is seeking to ensure her participation in the chinese date by competing in the South American of Cali in May 17 and 18.

There are 38 athletes which will be competing at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games 2014 to be held from august 16 to 28, but this number may increase because the national projection is to assist with a delegation of 50 athletes. Golf, athletics, gymnastics, tennis and swimming are just a few of many disciplines in which the venezuelan athletes could participate.

The Venezuela’s mission chief, Marcos Oviedo, said that this number of athletes confirms that Venezuelan sports are in very good moment.

“We officially have 38 classified athletes; with that number we already pass the number of athletes of Singapore 2010, which was 22 athletes. We can reach the 50 athletes for this delegation, we still have so many athletes with the imminent option to assist to Youth Olympics Games at Nanjing”, said Oviedo.

Training

Marcos Oviedo said that they already made the first athletes accreditation or what is also called long lists or preliminary lists.

"With this list, we ensure the presence of our athletes. We already have 40 players registered at soccer discipline, we must clean up that list and leave it at 22", Oviedo said . On the preparation of the delegation, Oviedo said that they already have had meetings with the sports ministry and the different federations to set the agenda.

"We have held very productive meetings. It is anticipated that most of the disciplines have a work plan in Europe. Some federations have asked to make their training here on the continent. The important thing is that we have been working together and we are on the same path", he said.

In the fight

Among all the athletes who are still on the route to the classification is pole vault’s world champion, Robeilys Peinado, who will have to go for the mark on may 17th and 18th in the South American Games to be held in Cali.

"Robeilys is ready to go. Unlike the Olympics, in the Youth Olympic Games classification is by continent; in the pole vault there are only two passes available. She ( Peinado) has to do her best mark and then wait for the Central and North America checks to see if she can be in Nanjing Olympic Games, but we have full confidence that she will be there", said the sports chief.

 

"The idea is that by the beginning of the competitions, athletes are already adapted to the characteristics of China. Those 12 days will be enough to achieve it", said Oviedo.

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