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Taekwonder Carolena Cartens will carry the Panamanian flag in Cochabamba 2018

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:50


The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Olympic Committee of Panama (COP) unanimously chose the Panamanian Olympic taekwonder Carolena Cartens as its standard-bearer for the South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which will run from May 26 to June 8.

Cartens, who is one of the medal options for Panamanians in these games, won this distinction by 7 votes from the 12 presidents of sports federations who met at the assembly.

With Cartens the Panamanian karate fighter Héctor Cención, who added 3 votes, and the triathlete Petter Vega, who received 2 votes in his favor, were nominated.

"The assembly has been quite intelligent in its choice, it's a girl who won gold in the South American past in Chile and who has been winning medals for Panama and is in a good moment, we are sure she will give us a medal in these games", the president of the COP, Camilo Amado, told ACAN-EFE.

Panama will attend its seventh South American Games, this time will bring 56 athletes, where 40 will be male and 16 female and will compete in 52 of the 377 trials that make up the program of the South American joust.

The Central American country will take athletes to compete in the disciplines: Athletics, Bowling, Boxing, Fencing, Golf, Judo, Karate, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Swimming, Pentathlon, Taekwondo, Triathlon and indoor Football.

Amado said that the South American joust will serve as preparation for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla 2018, which will take place from July 19 to August 3.

"In part there is an objective that these games serve for a preparatory event for the other games, but in general the athletes who go to these games want to win," he said.

On the possibilities of medals, the president of the COP said that "the athletes have trained really hard to get to the games as best prepared as possible."

The XI South American Games will be held in Cochabamba from May 26 to June 8, with the participation of 4,531 athletes from 14 countries.


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Andrés Ho receives Panamanian flag for Cochabamba 2018 by Carolena Carstens

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:03

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Andres Ho, the athlete of youth taekwondo, received the Panamanian flag on behalf of the athlete Carolena Carstens today in the flagging event for the South American Games of Cochabamba 2018, which was held in the Gaviota Hall in the Presidency of Panama.

Ho, who will not attend the games in Cochabamba, said he was proud to represent Carstens in this event for it was she who was chosen last week as the Panamanian standard-bearer for said sports competition.

"It is an honor to be receiving our flag on behalf of Carolena Carstens, who is preparing for the South American Games." Both the taekwondo federation and the Panamanian taekwondo community feel proud and pleased of this distinction to our teammate," he said.

Camilo Amado, president of the Olympic Committee of Panama (COP) informed that Carolena Carstens is currently in Bolivia training, precisely for the South American Games.

Panama will take 56 athletes, 40 male and 16 female, to the South American Cochabamba, Bolivia and will compete in 52 of the 377 events that make up the program of the South American joust.

The COP reported today that the Panamanian delegation will travel to Bolivia on May 22.



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Irving Saladino trusts that Panamanian athletics will shine in Barranquilla

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 15:19

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Panamanian long jump Irving Saladino, gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, told Efe today that he trusts that the track and field athletes from Panama will go to the Central American Games and the Carribean Barranquilla 2018, will have a good performance and will climb the podium.

"In recent years athletics has made good performances, although we lack a great leadership that encourages athletes to continue training, but despite all that we hope that the athletes who compete in these games can shine, get their best record and be on the podium," he said.

Saladino said Panama will attend the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla 2018 with a significant representation (123 athletes) and with several objectives in the sports competition.

"As usual, Panama has a significant representation for the country; we hope the athletes can get their best results, can bring to Panama glories and record and others have a good experience," said the former athlete.

The Central American and Caribbean Games 2018 will take place from July 19 to August 3 in Barranquilla, Colombia.

On 10 years of the gold medal he won at the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, which will be held on August 18, Saladino said he had plans to celebrate, but they will have to be postponed for personal reasons.

"I had great plans to celebrate 10 years of my Olympic medal, but many things have happened and I will not be able to fulfill what I had in mind. For those days I will not be in the country, but I will see what I do when I return," he said.

The athlete said he is still happy to win that historic medal and that day, on August 18, he will mention it on social networks.

"That gold medal is still a symbol for the country olympically," he said.

Saladino, beyond the triumph in the Bird's Nest pit in Beijing, in his heart and mind he keeps another moment in that 2008.

"Frankly, what remains in my memory at that moment was the reception of the Panamanian people. It was amazing, I will never forget it, because 10 years later, I watch the videos and they moves me. I will never forget it," he said.

The Olympic jumper took the opportunity to point out that he still has aspirations to be a leader of Panamanian athletics, but he has stopped his march in this period because he has other plans, including adding a university career to his resume.

"Now I am studying public administration. I wanted to improve my curriculum to present it to people. I’m interested in getting well prepared for the job, and not just because Irving Saladino is the Olympic medalist," he said.

He added he will always support the athletics board, as well as the athletes, even if he is not part of the leadership of the Panamanian Athletics Federation.

"I'm always there to support with all my heart, I'm one of those who want athletics to return to the magnitude it had in previous years," he said.



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