Quito Aug 22 (Andes).- Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa congratulated Saturday the team of 38 athletes who represented the country in Rio Olympic Games and added that the high performance plan applied in Ecuador begins to show results.
Despite Ecuador did not win any Olympic medal in any category, the head of state said athletes “have made great efforts and it makes us proud.”
“We’re proud of our athletes, yesterday I talked to Andres Chocho, who participated in the 20 and 50 km race walk, it was our hope, he didn’t achieve it but we know he did everything possible, he makes us proud,” Correa said during his weekly report.
The chief of state also pointed out the participation of athletes like Alexandra Escobar and Neisi Dajomes in weightlifting, and Carlos Mina and Carlos Quipo in boxing, who were among the eight better in their categories, winning Olympic diplomas.
He also recognized Ecuador has Latin America’s best runner, Angela Tenorio, who ranked fourth in the 100m run.
“This is a process, we’re improving, it has been the largest team participating in the Olympics, this is not by chance, we still need to achieve minimum times, this means more athletes will qualify,” Correa said during the televised program.
He also highlighted that the high performance plan promoted through the Ministry of Sports allows elite athletes to get prepared for this type of events.
The aforementioned plan includes a monthly salary, nutrition, a team of couches, doctors, psychologists and funding for international contests, allowing athletes to 100% devote themselves to sports.
According to Correa, the participation of athletes is a reason to makes us proud since they have been able to be among the continent’s best.
“We’re talking about Latin America, a continent with 600 million inhabitants and Ecuador is a country with 16 million inhabitants but we have the best athletes of the continent,” he added.