The Mexican Olympic Committee welcomed nearly 70 wrestlers from 11 countries to the first Panamanian sports training camp of 2022.

Young wrestlers across the Americas now have new techniques and strategies to help them both on and off the mat thanks to the Panam Sports Training Camp hosted within the Mexican Olympic Committee.

The first training camp of 2022 started on July 12 and included 10 days of intense training for the U-20 athletes, a three-day course by the IOC Athlete 365 program and even health screening tests for each athlete to establish a baseline so they can monitor their health throughout their careers.

“As Mexicans, it is very pleasant and very important that we are the hosts of this event which is so important for our development as athletes. It’s truly an honor,” said Lazaro Iturriza, a Mexican wrestler attending the camp.

Panam Sports Secretary General Ivar Sisniega and Mexican Olympic Committee President Maria Jose Alcala welcomed the athletes on their second day at the NOC’s sprawling facilities.

“Try to take advantage of this experience and use it to become wrestlers. What we ultimately want is for the Americas to improve in all sports. You are the young athletes who are going to win the Olympic medals for your countries and your continent. It makes me really happy that you are all here, especially as a Mexican, it makes me even happier that this camp is here in Mexico,” Sisniega told the athletes in his welcoming remarks.

The wrestling camp is the first of five training camps the Mexican Olympic Committee will host this year. The karateka will stay and train at NOC facilities from August 29 to September 7 while the archers will have their training camp from September 18 to 26. The dates of the training camps for the sports of taekwondo and boxing are to be determined.

“We are very happy to have the countries of our continent here. It is very important for me that they visit us here because we have a complete system which is difficult to find in other countries. Here we have facilities, accommodation and nutrition in one place and this helps athletes and coaches have better conditions to train and rest,” said Mexican Olympic Committee President Maria Jose Alcala. .

Nearly 70 athletes from 11 countries attended the camp, telling Panam Sports they appreciated the opportunity to learn from both the coaches and the other athletes they would normally compete with.

“It was a great experience wrestling with people my age and level. It’s great to meet all the different countries and see how they struggle. They all have different styles and different aspects that I learn from, it’s very beneficial for me,” said Cesar Ubico Estrada, an 86kg freestyle wrestler from Guatemala.

United World Wrestling provided a variety of coaches from around the region and around the world to help develop these young wrestlers throughout training camp, offering them new tips and techniques to win more matches and reach sporting events. most important in the Americas.

“There are athletes here who are continuing their preparation for the world championship and that helps them a lot because here the athletes have an equal level and sometimes in their country an athlete does not have an opponent to be able to train at his level. need, and we have that,” said Mexico national team coach Rene Buenos Hernandez.

The 69 athletes who participated in the camp will now focus on the U20 World Wrestling Championships which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from August 15-21. After that, many will be looking to qualify for their first Pan Am Games at Santiago 2023.

Panam’s next sports training camp will be in Lima, Peru, where the surfers will train from July 25 to August 1. In addition to other camps planned in Mexico, the Dominican Republic will host a judo training camp from August 29 to September 6. camps and dates will be announced once confirmed.


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