In Costa Rica, most of the athletes were vaccinated against covid-19 in June.
- Institute of Sports photo -
Published on Friday, July 23, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Costa Rica team is made up of 22 athletes who will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. Of these, 13 will compete in the Olympics World Games which will be held from July 23 to Aug. 8. And 9 athletes will compete in the Paralympic World Games that will take place from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.
The most recent athlete to join the Tico Team was Neshy Lee Lindo-Álvarez. She will be compete in taekwondo on July 25 in the 57-kilogram category, said the institute.
Lindo obtained her appointment when one of the Chilean delegation athletes had covid-19 and she couldn't travel to Tokyo, according to the Institute of Sports.
The first athlete to compete at an Olympics will be Andrey Amador- Bikkazakova for cycling at 8 p.m. Costa Rican time.
In the Olympics, the Costa Rica team is made up of the following 13 athletes:
- Brisa Hennessy Kobara and Leilani McGonagle Cada for surfing.
- Luciana Alvarado Reid for gymnastics.
- Kenneth Tencio Esquivel for BMX Freestyle.
- Andrea and Noelia Vargas-Mena and Gerald Drummond in athletics.
- María Vargas-Barrientos and Andrey Amador- Bikkazakova for cycling.
- Beatriz Padrón and Arnoldo Herrera for swimming.
- Ian Ignacio Sancho for Judo.
- Neshy Lee Lindo- Álvarez in taekwondo.
The Paralympics games competitions have the following nine athletes representing Costa Rica:
- Diego Quesada in archery.
- Steven Román in table tennis.
- Henry Raabe for cycling.
- Sherman Guity and Melissa Calvo and Ernesto Fonseca in athletics.
- Andres Molina in taekwondo.
- Camila Hasse for swimming.
- José Pablo Gil for tennis.
The 2020 Summer Olympic Games were postponed from last year because of the pandemic. According to the organizing committee, as of Thursday, there were already reports that 87 people were infected with covid-19. Of these, 52 are people residing in Japan and the rest are tourists.
Athletes don't have to be vaccinated, though International Olympic Committee officials expect around 80% will be.
In Costa Rica, most of the athletes were vaccinated against covid-19 in June. But all of them were inoculated before traveling. Pfizer Costa Rica provided the vaccine for all athletes.
The games start at 7 p.m. (Japan time) today at the National Stadium in Tokyo. The East Asian island is 15 hours ahead of Costa Rica. The opening ceremony will start before 4 a.m. Costa Rica time.
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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