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Meet the Eight Salvadoran Athletes Ready to Compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games




Paris will welcome athletes from around the world, including the eight Salvadorans.

El Salvador is now ready to compete in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. In total, there are eight athletes who will represent the country in the French capital. This is three more than those who attended Tokyo 2020, where there were five, including two who are repeating: Celina Márquez and Enrique Arathoon. In the region, only Guatemala has a larger delegation: 15 athletes. Most of the Salvadoran athletes are outside the country, in training bases, fine-tuning their preparation. Here they are, one by one…


23 years
First Olympic Games
Coach: Pedro Navarrete
-Native of Suchitoto. He learned to play badminton because his stepfather was an employee of the Salvadoran Badminton Federation.
-He participated in the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018.
-She won a silver medal at the Casi 2021 Junior Pan American Games.
-Champion with Club Oviedo (Spain) in the Top8 LaLiga Sport 2020-2021 Honor League
-She won a bronze medal at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.
-The phrase: “I don’t just want to participate in the Olympics, I want to compete.”

Uriel Canjura


32 years
Third Olympic Games
Coach: Javier Hernandez
-Born in Guatemala, naturalized Salvadoran. Previously he was in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. He was #24 in Rio and #23 in Tokyo.
-He is, along with judoka Juan Carlos Vargas, the only male athlete to have attended three Olympic Games.
-For several years he lived in Tenerife, Spain, where he trained. Now he divides his time between Guatemala and El Salvador.
-Gold medalist in Ilca 7 at the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023
-The phrase: “I learned that Olympic athletes are normal people like you and me.”

Enrique Arathoon


24 years
First Olympic Games
Coach: Marcelo Castellanos
-Born in La Libertad, he practiced surfing since he was a child. Even without many resources and without his own board, he managed to stand out by taming the waves.
-He won a bronze medal at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, in the debut edition of surfing.
-She won a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023.
-He recently eliminated Olympic champion Ítalo Ferreira (Brazil) during the qualifying round of the World Surf League Championship held in El Salvador.
-The phrase: “I am proud of El Salvador’s surfing”

Bryan Perez

Sport shooting – rifle

32 years
First Olympic Games
Trainer: Noe Preza
-Father of Amy, the girl who went viral when she celebrated the gold medal with her in San Salvador 2023.
-He is in his fifth year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Sciences
-Gold and silver medalist at the Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta 2017 and Valledupar 2022.
-Gold medalist at the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023
The phrase: “It is the biggest competition in my sports career and we are going to leave everything until the last shot is fired.”


Oscar Ticas
Archery – recurve

37 years
First Olympic Games
-He had qualified for the Rio 2016 Games, but he couldn’t go
-He scraped his knee while playing football, someone applied a pain-relieving spray and they didn’t realize that the product had steroids and he was suspended for doping.
-He was given a 12-month ban and was unable to participate in #Rio2016
-They took away his scholarship and did not allow him to train or compete for a year.
-He could have returned, but without a scholarship. He had to combine training with work.
-His usual coach is Luis Jiménez, however he will be accompanied to Paris by Roberto Hernández, technical manager of the Federation.
-The phrase: “It is what I most longed for, to be able to represent my country in the Olympic Games. It didn’t happen to me in 2016, but I am happy because now I will do it.”

Oscar Ticas

Judo – 60 kg.

22 years
First Olympic Games
Coach: Oscar Henriquez
-Son of Miguel Moreno, a judoka who represented the country at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. His mother, Rubenia Castro, was also a judoka.
-Won the gold medal at the 2018 Codicader Games
-He just won a gold medal at the Pan American Judo Championship in Lima 2024.
-She obtained seventh place at the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games.
-The phrase: “Sport is not magic, but it is effort, training every day and six times a week”

Jairo Moreno

Nixon Hernandez
Swimming – 100m freestyle

26 years
First Olympic Games
Coach: Carlos Vega and Oscar Moreno
-He started at the Salvadoran High School when he was 6 years old
Since 2021, she has held the national record in the 50m freestyle event with 23.88.
-He trains with the Argentine Federico Diez and spent three months in Buenos Aires.
-He has been training for months now in Castellón de La Plana (Valencia), Spain, at a club called Nados.
-One of her goals in Paris is to break the national record for the 100m freestyle. “The last time I swam, I was one-hundredth of a second away from doing it,” she said.
The phrase: “I have been pursuing this dream since the first time I saw the Olympic Games in 2008 and I have been swimming since 2006.

Nixon Hernandez

Celina Marquez
Swimming – 100m backstroke

25 years
Second Olympic Games
Coach: Milton Torres / Gianluca Alberani
-Participated in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014.
-In Tokyo 2020 she was the youngest member of the Team ESA delegation at the Olympic Games.
-She was the female flag bearer at Tokyo 2020
-Her training center is Azura Florida Aquatics, in the United States.
The phrase: “It’s like a personal redemption, I didn’t believe I could be here a year ago”

Celina Marquez

2024-07-10 23:10:46
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Chiba Jets Funabashi Collaborates in Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup Mini-Tournament




Thank you very much for your continued support of Chiba Jets Funabashi.

Following on from the last tournament, Chiba Jets Funabashi will be participating as a special collaborator in the mini-basketball tournament “Fun Jump! Basketball 2024 Grit Arts Cup,” organized by Kayent Inc., a company that solves global problems through the power of entertainment.

This tournament

  • I want to support the growth of children
  • Let them know the benefits of team sports (one team)
  • I want to develop my child’s independence and self-reliance.

In order to achieve this goal, the tournament has special rules, as outlined below.

  • Give equal playing time to all players.
  • Managers and coaches are prohibited from getting angry or giving instructions outside of timeouts and intervals.
  • Bonus points are awarded if everyone scores.

Recruitment for teams to participate in the tournament has begun, so we look forward to receiving many applications from teams.
For more details about the tournament, please see the summary below and the official tournament website.

competition summary

Event Outline

  • event date

    Women: December 26, 2024 (Thursday)
    Men: December 27, 2024 (Friday)

  • venue

    Kashiwa Central Gymnasium
    (73 Kashiwashita, Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture, 277-0004)

  • Number of teams

    16 teams each for men and women

  • Organizer

    Kayent Co., Ltd.

  • Special Support

    Chiba Jets Funabashi Co., Ltd.

  • Supporting Partners

    Regular updates

  • Media Support

    Monthly Basketball
    Bay FM

  • cooperation

    Bunmeido Tokyo Co., Ltd.
    Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

  • Application period

    July 22 (Month) to September 1 (Sunday), 2024 READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

  • Official tournament website

Purpose of this tournament

① I want to support my child’s growth.

Children do not grow by practicing for the sake of practicing. Experience in serious matches strongly supports children’s growth. We eliminate starting lineups and substitutes, and give all players the opportunity to play with equal playing time.

2) To let people know the benefits of team sports (one team).

We have introduced a system where even if you can’t win by individual strength, you can win against a strong opponent if you work as a team. We want people to know the greatness of team sports (one team) where everyone can cover up for individual mistakes.

3) I want to encourage my children’s initiative and independence.

Coaches are not allowed to get angry. Coaches are not allowed to give instructions from the bench except during halftime and timeouts. Coaches are encouraged to praise players for good plays.

Special tournament rules

■ Match time

  • Preliminary league (3 matches): 5 minute halves / first and second halves
  • Semi-finals/Finals: 6 minute halves/first and second halves

■ Equal playing time rule for everyone

  • Members will play in fixed teams of five for each half.
  • Therefore, there were no substitutions or five-foul ejections.
  • If a player commits 5 or more serious fouls, he or she will be asked to leave the game.
  • In that case, you will have to fight with fewer people.

■ Special rules for adding points to everyone’s score

The aim of this program is to create the possibility of a comeback through team strength, rather than just relying on the skills of a particular talented player, and to lead to the growth of all players.

  • Points are added depending on the number of people who score in each half.
  • +1 point if 3 players score
  • 4 people get an additional +3 points
  • 5 people get +5 points
  • 10 players in both halves for an additional +5 points
  • Special tournament rules allow for a maximum of 23 points to be added in the first and second halves
  • The qualifying round will be decided by adding up the points after the game ends.
  • The semi-finals and finals will be reflected in real time.
  • The tournament staff will be responsible for strictly counting the points.
  • Special rules to encourage children’s initiative
  • Managers and coaches are not allowed to get angry, but are allowed to praise
  • Instructions from the bench other than timeouts/halftimes are also prohibited.
  • Children are allowed to cheer on and give advice from the bench.

Participating team benefits

■ Prizes for the winning and runner-up teams (2 men’s teams / 2 women’s teams)

  • Invitation to a Chiba Jets home game
  • Commemorative photos with Chiba Jets players will be taken on the court after the match (only for the winning team)

■ Free throw competition

  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. *Only 1st place for adults

■ Participation Awards & Special Awards

  • Participation prizes for all competitors
    *Only teams that participate until the closing ceremony will receive the prize.
  • Best Director Award: 1 person
  • Best One Team Award 1 team

■ Full cooperation with Monthly Basketball

  • Special articles on the tournament will be published on the web and in magazines
  • There will also be a section in the monthly basketball magazine listing the players from participating teams.

Special Ambassador

Shunsuke Ito/Former professional basketball player

  • After retiring from professional basketball, he worked as a front-line staff member at the Chiba Jets, focusing on corporate sales. After retiring, he became the representative and operating company president of the fitness club Blue Gate, embodying the formation of second careers for athletes.
    After graduating from Kanagawa Prefectural Yamato High School, he graduated from Chuo University in 2002. During his active career, he played for the Japanese national team for a long time as a physical player with a strong physique, a height of 204 cm, and good running ability. In May 2018, he ended his 16-year active career with the Chiba Jets at the end of the season. After retiring, he worked as a front staff member for the Chiba Jets, but left in 2019. He is also using his wealth of experience to promote basketball.

Masato Ogawa/Chiba Jets

  • Jersey number: 3
    Position: PG
    Height and weight: 176cm / 76kg
    Date of Birth: August 23, 2001
    Birthplace: Fukuoka Prefecture
    Nationality: Japanese
    Selection history: U22 Japan national team candidate, 2022 3×3 U21 Japan national team
    Career: Fukuoka Daiichi High School → Nippon Sport Science University → Chiba Jets

Mao Okada / President of Sakurakago Co., Ltd., Basketball player

  • Born in Aichi Prefecture Nagoya University of Economics Takakura High School → Toyota Boshoku Sunshine Rabbits → 3×3 player (currently TOKYO BB)
    In 2019, he established Sakurakago Co., Ltd. and is working to contribute to society and the future of children using basketball as a tool. In 2021, he obtained a childminder qualification. “Sakurakago Co., Ltd.” Operates the YouTube channel “TOKYOHOOP GiRLS.” Operates basketball schools in Aichi and Kanagawa. Basketball clinics across the country. Operates “Aozora Basketball,” a basketball class for children who do not go to school. Etc.

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2024-07-22 03:03:53
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Football crisis: FIGC meeting, Abodi will not be present – Football




The meeting between the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, and the federal components to discuss the electoral weights will not see the presence of the minister for sport and youth Andrea Abodi. As ANSA has learned, the minister, after having had several discussions with the parties involved, will not be present at the meeting in via Allegri.

A chess game in which each player aims to make his own move without exposing himself too much. It will not be the moment of checkmate today when, in view of the elections of next November 4, all the components, summoned by the president of the FIGC, Gabriele Gravina, will meet around a table to seek a point of agreement.

The object of contention is the new remodulation of the weights of Serie A in the electoral percentage phase in light of the Mulé amendment. It promises to be a tug of war because Serie B has also joined the Lega di A by deciding (unanimously in the assembly urgently convened this evening) to challenge at the National Federal Court the resolution with which the federal council decided to confirm the weights between the various components for the election of the next FIGC president.

The meeting will be attended by the president of Lega Serie A, Lorenzo Casini, that of Lega B, Mauro Balata as well as Matteo Marani for Lega Pro, Giancarlo Abete for Lnd. Then there will be Umberto Calcagno to represent the players, Renzo Ulivieri for the coaches and Carlo Pacifici for the referee component. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Serie A, in particular, and now Serie B are also waiting for answers after the announcement by president Casini of the intention to challenge the federal resolution. A card to be played, if necessary, but which does not represent “a hostile act but a technical defense. If the discussions were to be positive, we are ready to withdraw it”, Casini admitted. Serie B, following the same path, has given a mandate to its president, Mauro Balata, who in the last federal council had already expressed himself against the resolution, evaluating the need to wait for the approval of the ‘sports decree’. Balata himself had underlined the risk of going to FIGC elections with regulations that conflict and are certainly not adequate with the provision of the law that could come into force in the next few days. As for Serie A, it is certainly no mystery, in fact, that the request of the representatives of the highest Italian professional league is to arrive at a different distribution of federal weights with a preponderant weight recognized to Lega Serie A, together with a model of greater autonomy. In essence, therefore, the request is to see the current weight of 12% recognized to the top division increased to approximately double. A condition considered fundamental, but which will necessarily have to see one of the other components give up something. The time is tight, every discussion must be concluded by September 4, that is, 60 days before the elective assembly scheduled for November 4. Also on the table is the so-called “right of agreement”, that is, the possibility for the clubs to have a veto on every decision of the Football Federation regarding Serie A. It is likely that the game will not end with tomorrow’s meeting, others will be needed to find a definitive agreement but in the meantime the game has already begun.

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2024-07-22 07:23:59
#Football #crisis #FIGC #meeting #Abodi #present #Football

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Qinwen Zheng Successfully Defends WTA Palermo Title Against Karolina Muchova




Qinwen Zheng knew how to maintain the pressure of being the defending champion, and the number one seed, of the WTA Palermo and won in the final Karolina Muchova por 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 After two hours and 51 minutes of match, he thus obtained the Chinese revalidate the title in Italy after a final where she had to work hard. Especially after losing the second set, but the Czech ran out of energy and Zheng He repeated the title in Palermo, his first of the year, while remaining as 7th in the WTA rankings.

2024-07-21 21:41:45
#Zheng #beats #Muchova #repeat #title #WTA #Palermo READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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