The sport of the region will have its first stop of the Olympic cycle. And it will be in South American Games Asuncion 2022 which will take place from October 1 to 15. That is why a few days before the start of the competition, the Argentine delegation was presented that will seek to achieve the best results in the capital of Paraguay.
The salient note is that, as has been happening since the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, there will be two flag bearers, one male and one female. The first chosen was Augustine Vernicethe figure of canoeing who was an Olympic finalist last year and who has just repeated the same instance in the World Championship of the specialty -he finished 7th- that took place a few weeks ago in Halifax, Canada.
Beyond the Olympic diploma he won, the native of Olavarría managed to classify himself among the best of the K1 1000 in the last three World Cups (Szeged 2019, Hungary, and in Race 2017, Czech Republic, 2017).
“It is a pleasure, a tremendous pride. And an emotion”Vernice told Infobae in the presentation. “I did not expect that. I enjoy very much. The objective is to win gold in the K1 1000 meters and in the others that he runs, ”added the paddler who is currently the Argentine athlete with the best present in an individual sport.
For its part, the other selected by the Athletes Commission of the COA was Rocio Sanchez Moccia, a historical of Las Leonas. At 34 years old, she will be the most experienced of the team led by Fernando Ferrara. The Liceo Naval player comes from being an essential part of the squads that achieved the Olympic silver medal in 2021 and that in 2022 returned to second place on the podium in the Field Hockey World Cup that was played mostly in Terrassa, Spain.
“I am surprised, but happy and grateful. Today it is my name, but it is an achievement that the Lionesses have carried for so long and it is an achievement for all of them too”Rocío told Infobae within the framework of the announcement of the light blue and white team that will compete in Asunción.
“A new Olympic cycle begins for everyone, and although for us it is not the most demanding tournament, it is still important because it qualifies us for the 2023 Pan American Games,” added Moccia, who will make his debut in a South American senior .
How was the selection of Vernice and Moccia? The process of choosing the Argentine flag bearers had two stages. In the first instance, the federations proposed two candidate athletes, one per gender. Next, these received nominations were submitted to the COA Athletes Commission, which put them to the consideration and election of all athletes through a voting system, to finally inform the board of directors of the two athletes chosen to wear the badge. homeland next Saturday, October 1, the day of the opening ceremony at the Defensores del Chaco stadium, in the Paraguayan capital.
A detail to highlight is that Argentina will travel to Asunción with a delegation that will have almost the same number of male and female athletes. “There will be 51% men and 49% women, almost gender equality”ad Carlos Ferrerawho will be the team’s Chief of Mission during the two weeks of competition.
In this sense, the Argentine team will have 592 athletes (289 women and 303 men; more than 800 people counting technical, medical and official staff) who will be present in the 36 sports of the competition program and in all modalities, except in basketball 5 against 5. In volleyball, Argentine only will present women’s team.
The event in Asunción, the first of its kind organized by the sport in Paraguay, will have the value that 18 disciplines will qualify for next year’s Pan American Games. Another incentive for Argentine sport to dream of great performances in the first stop of the new cycle ahead of the Olympic Games in France. “We aspire to be among the top three on the podium. This will allow us to define the projection of our athletes for the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023 and the road to Paris”, mentioned the president of the COA. Mario Moccia.