THE "CRACKS" BOXING
Members ofnational selection boxingwere concentrated in the centre of high-performance Sierra Nevada when it was declared a state of alarm in Spain and the ensuing confinement.
Long corridors, silence, faint light … “ seemed to the hotel of The Brightness ”, tell us from the Spanish Federation of boxing, which took their 14 members of the national team concentrated over a month. Were practically alone in the rooms, thus fulfilling safety measures.
In the first two weeks of confinement, could not even eat together. Each tray went up to the room. The two weeks, could match in the dining room.
“ in Grenade were only 14 people, along with a few more triathlon sportsmen and swimming. The protocols were so tight that if you forgot something in the room, having to go in one direction, you had to give back almost the whole building to collect things ”, remembers from the federation.
ForRafa Lozano, selecting nationalthese weeks have been difficult to manage: “ because it is a group that is very united, in which only had contact between them. We lives in rooms and only in the training could agree. then the two weeks, we together in the dining room. It has been very strange because we are a small family and it was rare be separated ” specifies the double Olympic medallist.
Lozano has a dual reading of forced shutdown which has affected the entire global sport: “ has been quite tiring, because they were at a time so fantastic, which was in the preolímpico of Heathrow. We have broken the pace of competitions, the state of form … but it is also true that for other has served to recover from injuries, and above all, to gain experience. for example, the girls: have good results, although at the beginning of the year, send a Marruecos for confidence picked disputing competitions. What needs to be drawn is that the group wins international experience. Even for Gabriel and Quiles, that although already have square to Tokio, always take tables in fighting ”, tells Rafa.
Return to Madrid
The “ group ” refers to Lozano Rafa, consisting of 14 boxers, has returned to the CAR of Madrid, its usual place of training. “ also that was important, because everyone pulls all. It Is an individual sport, but the union that have is enormous and motivate between them. ”
“ being in the CAR, with all the group as a whole is a luxury. We have so much excitement in the goals we have marked and still all together is easier to work for them, ” come from the Spanish Federation of Boxing. These objectives referred to entangle are 5 boxers Spanish in the Olympic games of Tokio, for those who are already classified Learning Gabriel (-52 kg) and José Quiles (27,000 kg) ”.
But before thinking to one year view, the sports planning focuses on the “ here and now ”. “ We are to 70% of our pace. Due to security measures, we cannot do battle. Do a kind of imaginary shadow, we technique, defence and against attack by couples … but always remotely ”, account Lozano Rafa, which adds: “ are as the beasts, desiring to go to combat, ” confesses.
The global pandemic has conditioned completely the life of the planet, and sport is not less. Had to adapt to a new reality, but that many athletes assume as a new challenge. Have changed their schedules, its rhythms, the sports planning … what has not changed, nor will, is the daily ritual of greetings between team members. With masks, continue to clash their fists every time you start the training session.