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“It’s going to be a first-class stadium with a first-class track”: Carlos Barrios, athletics ITD

The International Technical Delegate (ITD) of athletics, the Guatemalan Carlos Barrios, visited this Saturday afternoon the facilities of Estadio Nacional Jorge “El Mágico” González in San Salvador.

This stadium, in addition to hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023, will also be the venue for athletics with a first-class track.

The delegate was accompanied by Rolando Ayala and Stewar Velasco, managers of the Infrastructure and Sports areas of the Organizing Committee of the San Salvador 2023 Games (COSSAN2023), as well as by members of the Salvadoran Athletics Federation (Fedeatletismo).

During his visit, Barrios was also able to share suggestions for the optimal development of the competitions and took the opportunity to solve some specific doubts that arose during the tour.

The Guatemalan delegate highlighted the level of the stadium as well as the legacy it will leave for Salvadoran sports.

“It will be a first-class stadium with a first-class track; undoubtedly, it will be a tangible resource that allows the growth of sports in El Salvador,” he said.

Barrios also highlighted the work done by COSSAN2023 and the attention given to the sport he represents.

“We have had many meetings with COSSAN2023, and we have had a working team within athletics that has held close to 20 meetings since we started; they have been virtual meetings, implementing all the processes and all the organizational aspects related to the event,” Barrios said.

To conclude, the delegate mentioned the quality of the athletes to be seen during the competitions and highlighted the presence of world-class athletes, who will compete for medals in the renovated athletic track of Estadio Nacional Jorge “El Mágico” González.

“I believe that we will have a sporting event with high-level athletes from all the participating countries; there are close to 500 athletes. We have very top-level athletes in the region, ranked in the top 10 in the world in athletics, and this guarantees that we will have high-level competition in the games,” he said.

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