Nominated María Pérez for flag bearer in Lima
A week and a half after the Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico (COPUR) announces the flag-bearer or the standard-bearer of the delegation of Puerto Rico for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, the Puerto Rican Judo Federation (FPJ) officially announced its candidate.
The president of the FPJ, José Porfirio García, nominated the Carolinense judo player María Pérez to carry the monoblock on July 26 during the opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Peru.
"María has all the merits to be the standard bearer of Lima 2019," García told EL VOCERO.
To justify the nomination of his nominee, the federation leader recalled that Perez won in 2017 in the division of -70 kilograms (kg) the first silver medal in a world judo championship since Nilmarie Santini won the bronze in the world cup disputed in 1986 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.
He comes to conquer for the first time last April the Pan American Judo Championship, in which he also won three bronze medals in 2011, 2014 and 2016.
It also accumulates multiple medals in the World Tour of the International Judo Federation, including a silver medal (2018) and five bronze medals in the Grand Prix (one in 2013, three in 2016 and one in 2019), and two third places in Grand Slam (2016 and 2017).
If elected, Perez would become the first judo athlete - woman or man - to carry the flag in a Pan American Games. Luis Martínez was the standard-bearer at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
"The other athletes also have all the merits, but this would be a great achievement for her," said Garcia.
The other candidates that sound to carry the mono-star are the Olympic and multiple medalists Beverly Ramos (athletics) and Franklin Gomez (Olympic wrestling).
Elvismar wants to be the Flagger
Elvismar Rodríguez (judo), Génesis Rodríguez (weightlifting), Rosanny Álvarez (surfing) and Virginia Dellán (taekwondo) are the three women who choose to wear the national flag at the opening of the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, which will take place on the 26th. from July to August 11.
The girls are part of the 12 names that the Venezuelan Olympic Committee (VOC) announced on Monday to choose this privilege.
The group has Julio Mayora (weightlifting), Jefferson Milano (BMX cycling), Jhoan Guzmán (skating), Daniel Dhers (BMX Freestyle l), Francisco Bellorín (surfing), Yovani Martínez (karate do), Diego Vera (open water) and Luillys Pérez (fighter).
The official website of the VOC published on Monday "you can choose who of our 12 champions will carry the national tricolor at the opening of next July 26". Vote at www.covoficial.com.ve/yoquieromitricolor/.
In his social networks, Dhers, five-time champion of the X-Games, showed his joy by being one of the candidates of I want my Tricolor. "I am very happy to have received the nomination to be the standard bearer for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima. It is the first time that the freestyle BMX is included in these games," said the 34-year-old.
Pedro Infante, Minister of Youth and Sports, told Correo del Orinoco last week that the aspiration is to reach 10 gold medals. "Exceed 8 of the previous edition".
The minister is optimistic about athletics, fencing, judo, boxing and fighting.
Two-time world triple jump champion Yulimar Rojas, national fencing team with Olympic medalist Rubén Limardo and boxing silver winner at Rio's Jo, Yoel Finol.
Venezuela has a delegation of 303 athletes, according to the VOC. The long distance runner Marvin Blanco was the standard-bearer at the Toronto 2015 event.