Colombian sports glories join World Physical Activity Day

Cecilia Baena, better known as “chechi”, on the ice rink.

Photo: EFE Agency

The World Sports Day celebration takes place every April 6th. Colombia will be part of the decorations of this day through a virtual meeting entitled “The glories of sport inspire you”, which will include the participation of three highly recognized athletes such as Cecilia the chechi Baena, Paralympic swimmer Moisés Fuentes and athlete Víctor Mora.

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This event will be held at the head of the Ministry of Sports in the company of the Colombian Association of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (ACE) and the Colombian Physical Activity Network (REDCOLAF). To access the event via virtual, you can access the ACE social networks through YouTube and Facebook, and, likewise, the following link has been activated: https://www.endocrine.live/

Through these three representatives of the national sport, one of the objectives is to encourage young children and adults to integrate healthy advice, habits and lifestyles into their daily lives, based on the principle that the practice of physical activity in childhood and adolescence can be a projection to become great athletes.

About the skater chechi Baena, the example of her life is the reference in this event, she was the first athlete in the world who, at only 13 years old, obtained four international titles and set a world record. He currently holds 24 world titles, 10 Central American and Caribbean titles and has won the world marathon circuit three times in a row. Thanks to this, she is one of the most important skaters and athletes in the country.

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Paralympic sport will also have a representative at this event. This is the case of swimmer Moisés Fuentes, a specialist in adapted swimming, who is currently the only Colombian to have participated in six Paralympic Games and to have won four consecutive medals in different events. Bronze in Beijing 2008, silver medal in London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. He has currently won two medals at the Berlin Paraswimming World Series in the open category, gold came to him for the 200 meters breaststroke SB4 (national record ) and bronze in the 50m breaststroke S5. These are some of the achievements for which Fuentes will serve as an inspiration to those who see hardship as adversity, he will show them that it is not.

Victor Mora is one of the country’s most representative long-distance and middle-distance athletes. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was the Colombian quota at the Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal, as well as at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1967, Cali 1971, San Juan de Puerto Rico in 1979 and Atlanta in 1983. Bolivarian Games in 1973, 1975 and 1979. In South America he became champion in 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1975. Currently he is retired and since 2008 he lives in the province of Quebec, Canada.

The meeting will be led by journalist Mauricio Luque, and Nubia Ruiz, coordinator of the Internal Working Group on Physical Activity of the Ministry of Sports, will participate; Henry Tovar, president of the Colombian Association of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, ACE; and Iván Darío Escobar, National Coordinator of the Colombian Physical Activity Network, REDCOLAF.

With information from the press office.

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