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Roberto Hernandez: “I think we are going to have some great games”

The archers Sofía Paiz and Roberto Hernández, athletes of our Effort and Glory Program, defined it as an honor and motivation to receive the torch with the Central American and Caribbean Fire at the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, which today began its journey through the country.

Paiz and Hernández received the torch last night from the president of the Organizing Committee of the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 (COSSAN), Yamil Bukele, in a special ceremony.

“Being part of the ceremony and receiving the fire on behalf of all athletes and all Salvadorans is an honor. El Salvador is going to shine in these games, and I’m excited, waiting for them to start,” said the top Salvadoran compound archer, who will compete as the defending champion and host.

For her part, Sofia Paiz was very proud and excited to be part of the ceremony at the airport. “It fills me with excitement, and it is a great honor for me to have been chosen to receive the flame here in El Salvador,” said the athlete.

Before this event, she and other national archers will sharpen their aim at the Archery World Cup in Medellin, Colombia.

“We have a previous competition in Medellin, and we leave on Saturday, but then we start the full training camp for the San Salvador 2023 Games,” Sofia added.

In the case of the Salvadoran archer, now 34 years old, he will be competing in his fourth Central American and Caribbean Games in a row and will also do so as the defending champion in the men’s individual compound event.

“I am super excited; I am positive and full of energy. Since yesterday, when I was at the president’s conference (Yamil Bukele), I was already motivated because Centro Caribe Sports had spoken well of what we were doing in El Salvador, and I am very proud of what the Organizing Committee, the Institute of Sports and the Olympic Committee have done. I think we are going to put together a magnificent event,” he said.

To date, Roberto has won medals at the Mayagüez 2010, Veracruz 2014, and Barranquilla 2018 Games.

At Barranquilla 2018, Hernandez won the team silver medal and secured the gold medal in the men’s individual compound bow event by defeating Colombia’s Camilo Cardona 143–142.

“We are trying to be calm and focused on my equipment adjustments; technically, I know I have the level and ability to do a good job, and being a sport where the equipment is very important, finding that extra point that can make the difference is vital,” he emphasized.

Hernandez believes that fire represents discipline and perseverance. “I think we can all find a value that represents us through the New Fire that is for us and for all Salvadorans,” he mentioned.

Roberto also urged the other athletes to give their maximum effort in the regional event that El Salvador is organizing for the third time in its history, after those of 1935 and 2002. “That we work to put El Salvador at the top and that they give the last of what is left in their bodies to represent the country with dignity,” he added.

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