The Puerto Rican Boxing Federation started its training on Monday at the Juan Evangelista Venegas pavilion at the Germán Rieckehoff Olympic Centre in Salinas.
The president of the federative entity, José “Chiky” Laureano, indicated that his athletes already comply with the protocol of serological and molecular tests to train and stay overnight in the facilities located at the south of Puerto Rico. They will have a double practice section, the first starting at 7:00 a.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m., with an approximate of two hours each.
“Boxing enters today (at the Albergue Olímpico). We will be these first two weeks into the garrison. We will evaluate the training of each of the athletes. Among the things that we will see are the physical needs to improve with an individualized plan, since we have enough time to make the necessary changes for the Pre-Olympic” explained Laureano, who is awaiting confirmation of the date and venue of the qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics by the International Olympic Committee.
The athletes to spend the time at the Olympic Centre are Ashlyan Lozada (57kg); Tatiana Ortiz (60kg); Yankiel Rivera (56kg); Jean-Paul Rivera ((57kg); Bryan Polaco (69kg); Luis Rodríguez (75kg); Alvin Canales (91kg); Bryan Pérez (63kg); and, José Barreto (81kg). Meanwhile, Kiria Tapia (60kg) and Stephanie Piñero (64kg) will be as guests at the facilities.
“The athletes will be under the supervision of Robert Rodríguez, the right hand of the federation for more than 30 years. He is the person who knows all the logistics at the Olympic Village, where you can get the things needed within the process, the paperwork. Robert is our delegate by excellence”, emphasized the federative president.
Boxing is one of the Olympic disciplines that stand out for having a work team in the most rigorous areas of an athlete: health, exercise methodology, nutrition, psychology and therapy. This work team increased as a consequence of the requirements of the COVID19 pandemic training protocol prepared by the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee. The list of coaches is headed by Carlos “Cholo” Espada along with Orlando “El Jefe” Rodríguez, José Santiago, Freddy Santos, Elvin González and Manuel Class. Carlos Villahermosa and Luis Roman will be in charge of the sports psychology area, Kimberly Monet Rivera in therapy, Patricio Chutney in the physical preparation area and Carmen Nevárez will supervise nutrition.
“All the athletes have been training with their training plan since we have dismantled the gyms to bring to their homes the necessary implements for their routines during the pandemic process. We gave them from double-end-bag to boxing bags. Now I see them and I feel very proud. I see them well-motivated and happy”, said Laureano, who, along with his team, attended the particular needs of the athletes so that they were well in the quarantine, which now goes to more than 80 days on the island.
Regarding the distribution of athletes in the pavilion, the federative leader confirmed that they have the measure dictated by the protocol so that “everyone can train simultaneously and comply with social distancing”.
“These groups will be divided by training areas such as tactical, technical, running, explosiveness and strength. They will not go into combat or gloves”, said the former national boxer.
In the coming weeks, four athletes Nisa Rodríguez (75kg), Cristina Cruz (51kg), Armani Alméstica (63kg) and Amisael Jiménez (+91kg) will be moving from the United States to Puerto Rico. These by the procedure that has been stipulated by the Sports Health Centre and Exercise Sciences (SADCE).
In addition to boxing, the Olympic facilities are being used by handgun shooting, archery, shotgun, triathlon, swimming, athletics, and weightlifting.