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Peña Nieto says Olympic team will project new image for Mexico

Peña Nieto says Olympic team will project new image for Mexico

Posted by PanamericanWorld on July 22, 2016

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Thursday that the members of Mexico's delegation to the Rio Olympics would project a new image for a country striving to create greater opportunities for its people.

"You will be projecting to the world the transformation that Mexico is promoting, not only through the government's efforts but also those of a society that wants a better nation and to forge a country with greater opportunity for all," he said at a sending-off ceremony for the Olympic team at the presidential palace.

The head of state, an amateur long-distance runner, said in a speech of just over 10 minutes that he was aware of the effort required to qualify for the Olympics and praised the athletes for their discipline and perseverance.

"You deserve the enthusiastic applause and recognition of the president and all Mexicans," Peña Nieto said.

He then hand-delivered the national flags that Olympic cyclist Daniela Campuzano will carry at the opening ceremony on Aug. 5 and that Paralympic swimmer Nely Miranda will bear on Sept. 7.

A total of 124 Mexican athletes, including several Olympic and World Championship medalists, will compete in the Summer Games and try to outdo the nation's haul of seven medals - one gold, three silver and three bronze - at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Mexico's most decorated athlete, 28-year-old taekwondo practitioner Maria Espinoza, a two-time Olympic medalist, said the delegation that will travel to Rio de Janeiro would be an ambassador for peace and the Olympic values but that each competitor also would strive to bring glory to Mexico.

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