Olympic concerns due to coronavirus for Mallorca windsurfers

WORRIED: Sergi Escandell is hoping the coronavirus crisis will not threaten his health or his chances of representing Spain in the Tokyo Olympic Games. CREDIT: Club Nautic S’Arenal

CONCERNS over the coronavirus crisis are growing among Mallorca windsurfers battling for a place to compete in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Sergi Escandell and Joan Carles Cardona from the Club Nautic S’Arenal, who compete in the RS-X Olympic Class, are worried both about their health situation and whether their Olympic hopes will be dashed following the suspension of the 51st edition of the SAR Princesa Sofia Trophy.

“The current situation in Spain due to Covid-19 is worrying, which is why I consider that our obligation is to stay at home and leave only in cases of need, avoiding crowds and following hygiene guidelines to avoid increasing the number of infections”, commented Sergi from his home in Formentera.

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“The sooner we become aware of our social responsibility in this circumstance, the sooner we can get out of it. The most important thing is to remain calm, pay attention to the authorities so as not to collapse the health services and thus facilitate the work for doctors and nurses”, he added.

At the same time Sergi is, like many other windsurfers, concerned about his sporting situation. He is, he said, “in a situation of instability and anxiety”, explaining, “the coronavirus has caught us in the middle of the selection process to decide who will representing our country in the Olympics.

“We don’t know what will happen from now on; whether only the last championship will be evaluated or if it will be extended and there will be a wait until there is a new competition, but mainly whether the celebration of the Olympic Games will be postponed.

Sergi’s intention for the moment is to continue training, “as no sportsperson can allow themselves to lose their physical fitness, but following the State’s recommendations of training at home.

“It will be key to keep a positive attitude during these days of confinement with a lot of psychological work”, he concluded.


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