By Cathy Elelman • 17 March 2020 • 14:35
WORRIED: Sergi Escandell is hoping the coronavirus crisis will not threaten his health or his chances of representing Spain in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
CREDIT: Club Nautic S’Arenal
CONCERNS over the coronavirus crisis are growing among Mallorca windsurfers battling for a place to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Sergi Escandell and Joan Carles Cardona from the Club Nautic S’Arenal, who compete in the RS-X Olympic Class, are worried both about their health situation and whether their Olympic hopes will be dashed following the suspension of the 51st edition of the SAR Princesa Sofia Trophy.
“The current situation in Spain due to Covid-19 is worrying, which is why I consider that our obligation is to stay at home and leave only in cases of need, avoiding crowds and following hygiene guidelines to avoid increasing the number of infections”, commented Sergi from his home in Formentera.
“The sooner we become aware of our social responsibility in this circumstance, the sooner we can get out of it. The most important thing is to remain calm, pay attention to the authorities so as not to collapse the health services and thus facilitate the work for doctors and nurses”, he added.
At the same time Sergi is, like many other windsurfers, concerned about his sporting situation. He is, he said, “in a situation of instability and anxiety”, explaining, “the coronavirus has caught us in the middle of the selection process to decide who will representing our country in the Olympics.
“We don’t know what will happen from now on; whether only the last championship will be evaluated or if it will be extended and there will be a wait until there is a new competition, but mainly whether the celebration of the Olympic Games will be postponed.
Sergi’s intention for the moment is to continue training, “as no sportsperson can allow themselves to lose their physical fitness, but following the State’s recommendations of training at home.
“It will be key to keep a positive attitude during these days of confinement with a lot of psychological work”, he concluded.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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