Guecho (Vizcaya), July 2 (EFE) .- The lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has dismissed Basque Olympic and Paralympic athletes this Friday in an act in which he has called for the personal and collective responsibility of society towards the pandemic to? reach the goal together? and? complete successfully? the fight against covid-19.
Urkullu, accompanied by the Basque Government’s Minister of Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria, dismissed a representation of the athletes who will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the facilities of the Basque Team foundation, in the Biscayan town of Guecho from Tokyo.
Among the athletes present were the Olympic champion in whitewater canoeing, Maialen Chourraut, the javelin thrower Odei Jainaga, the Paralympic swimmer Iñigo Llopis, the badminton player Clara Azurmendi, the chair basketball player Agurtzane Eguiluz and the Paralympic rower Jorge Pineda.
At the moment, 13 Basque athletes already have a place for the Olympic Games, which will be held from July 23 to August 8, and the Paralympics, which will take place from August 24 to September 5, although more than 30 remain having options to get it.
In several individual sports the deadline is still open to achieve the minimum marks or the points that affect the world rankings and in some collective and individual sports the respective federations will shortly announce the lists of those selected.
In his speech to athletes, the Lehendakari pointed out that society continues to experience a time of pandemic “complicated in all areas”, emotional, personal, family, social and economic, although now there is a moment? Of greater hope ?.
However, he has stated that this hope? Must be linked to prudence? and an? individual and collective commitment to rigor? and with? responsibility and social co-responsibility, especially of those of us who call ourselves adults. Adults for everything?
Have you considered it necessary for young people and society in general to know how to? Interpret? that the athletes who will participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo are? a model? for? the commitment, sacrifice, effort and work for noble objectives and the aspiration to excel ?.
? We hope that the Tokyo games mark a turning point in the pandemic. We hope that they are celebrated normally and contribute to a more sporty, responsible and healthy way of life. This would be a good lesson learned for our entire society ?, the Lehendakari highlighted.
It has reminded athletes that they are? The image? of Euskadi? in the world? and has shown confidence in? celebrate and acknowledge? upon his return? the achievements that we are sure you will achieve in these Games ?.