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Venezuela opens the 20th National Sports Games | News

On Monday, around 7,068 Venezuelan athletes attended the inauguration of the 20th National Sports Games at the Teo Capriles Velodrome in Caracas, where they vowed to perform at their best in upcoming competitions.

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During the event, an artistic gala was held to honor the athletes. Weightlifters Keydomar Vallenilla and Julio Mayora, silver medalists at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, received the torch of the Games and lit the cauldron with former boxer Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuela’s first Olympic gold medalist.

“Today Venezuela is living another day of happiness and joy,” said Sports Minister Melvin Maldonado, recalling that the national games prepare Bolivarian athletes for the Paris Olympics in 2024.

In these Venezuelan games – which will last until February 12 – 1,672 medals will be awarded in 48 disciplines, including athletics, badminton, basketball, handball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, water sports, fencing, football, rhythmic and artistic gymnastics and judo.

The competitions will take place in 38 sports facilities in the city of Caracas and in the states of Miranda, La Guaira, Aragua, Carabobo, Yaracuy and Guarico, where 5,400 safety and health professionals will ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

The development of sport has always been a priority for the Bolivarian government, which has provided technical, scientific and economic support to athletes and coaches. At the Tokyo Games in 2020, the Latin American country recorded its best Olympic performance ever, winning one gold medal and three silver medals.

“Access to sport should be a right for all Venezuelans. To guarantee this, we will continue to recruit and support young citizens who want to become athletes,” President Nicolas Maduro stressed.