In the Tokyo Olympic Games a couple have already made headlines, but not exactly for their athleticism.
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Published on Monday, July 26, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


In the Tokyo Olympic Games taking place across Japan this week, of the 14 athletes that represent Costa Rica, a couple have already made headlines, but not exactly for their athleticism.



Luciana Alvarado Reid competed in gymnastics losing to qualify. However, at the end of her floor routine, she took a knee, tilting her head back with her fist raised high towards performing a pose in tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, an ongoing campaign about racism in the United States that spread throughout the world after the brutal murder of an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in 2020.

Alvarado's tribute made headlines in CBS News, The Associated Press , NBC Olympics among many other news outlets.



Another Tico athlete making headlines was the surfer Carlos Muñoz, who on Friday, July 23, received the invitation to represent the country in the surfing competition that was scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 25 at Tsurigasaki Beach. Muñoz received the invitation after an athlete from another country, who had already qualified, obtained a positive result in the diagnosis of covid-19.

According to the Costa Rican Olympic Committee, they asked the International Surf Federation to delay the second heat and allow Muñoz to reach the competitions.

However, no response was received, "as it was never a real possibility that the organization postponed the scheduling of an Olympic event by an athlete," the Committee said in its statement.

The Committee informed that they ordered the Costa Rican Surf Federation to purchase flight tickets for Muñoz on a safe route and with clear times for the connection between flights that would guarantee the athlete's arrival to their competition.

But, according to the Committee, the Federation bought other tickets with only one hour to make the transfer of flights in Los Angeles, United States. The time between flights was not enough for Muñoz. He missed the flight to Japan. Muñoz could not make it to Japan on time, so he was automatically disqualified.

Other athletes that have already completed without any odd situations were Ignacio Sancho for Judo, Leilani McGonagle Cada for surfing, Neshy Lee Lindo- Álvarez in taekwondo, María Vargas-Barrientos and Andrey Amador- Bikkazakova for cycling. No one managed to move to the third level of competition.



The only athlete to win a spot in the final quarters was Brisa Hennessy Kobara for surfing. Her next competition is scheduled for today at 9 p.m. Costa Rica time.

On Tuesday, the competition for Arnoldo Herrera  and Beatriz Padron for swimming are also scheduled to be held in Tokyo Aquatic Center at 7 p.m.

The Tokyo Olympics are broadcasted today by channels such as Fox Sports, ESPN, Sky Sports and Sport+, among others.

In Costa Rica, the games will broadcast on Channel 13, the official government channel. Local channels, 6 and 7, will also show the much anticipated Tokyo Olympics.

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