Reinventing college sport | Global UNAM

ANDhe year 2020 has been rich in learning for university sport which, following the appearance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic, has reinvented itself to fulfill its mission of promoting physical activation and, in under any circumstance, to worthily represent the National University.

The annual cycle started with optimism for the sport of this house of study, then the virus that changed the world appeared and a social distancing was called which brought uncertainty to everyone. But Deporte UNAM, along with the institutional decision, has not stopped and has promoted online activities that meet the support needs of athletes, coaches, lovers of physical activity and people who are just starting to do exercise.


Show the name of UNAM in the country

Yazmín Delgado, from the Faculty of Veterinary and Zootechnical Medicine. Photo: Freddy Pastrana.

Among the competitions held in person, the UNAM men’s under-20 handball team was promoted to the first division of the Metropolitan League after beating Leones of the normal school of physical education in the final of the previous level. Campus Toluca.

To promote the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the second edition of the Qatar Mexico Cup was held at the CdMx earlier this year, hosted by the Qatar Embassy in our country. The University men’s speed soccer team was champions, while the women’s team took third place.

At the Cycling Federation Cup, held in Aguascalientes, Yareli Acevedo Mendoza, a student at the Faculty of Accounting and Administration, added four medals: gold, two silver and one bronze. For its part, the UNAM men’s water polo team remained undefeated in the national selective championship.

At the National Championship of Guadalajara 2020, organized by the International Powerlifting Federation and the Mexican Powerlifting Federation, AC, Juan Manuel Santiago Medina, student of the Faculty of Engineering, won the gold medal in the 74 kg category in open equipped and awarded as the best weightlifter in the tournament; Luis Antonio Ramírez Ochoa, instructor at the Ciudad Universitaria Olympic Pool Gym, won gold in the 120 kg master II category with conventional equipment; and Agustín Sánchez Contreras, of Sciences, won a silver medal in the open category equipped with 74 kg.

Yareli Acevedo, from the Faculty of Accounting and Administration. Photo: Jacob Villavicencio.

Before the lockdown, UNAM representative Lima Lama had 19 gold, 21 silver and 18 bronze medals at the Tamaiti National Championship. On the way to the National Universiade, 505 feline athletes qualified for the Regional stage of the event in chess, athletics, basketball, 3×3 basketball, baseball, association football, women’s football, handball, rugby, softball, taekwondo , tennis, table tennis, archery, flag, beach volleyball and indoor volleyball; as well as national qualifications in badminton, boxing, rock climbing, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and taekwondo pomsae.

Fencing, karate do and the associated fights had already offloaded their respective qualifiers for the big competition and defined 58 representatives. Unfortunately, the pandemic led to the cancellation of the event.

The women’s rugby team closed its participation by being crowned triple champion of the national championship, in the 10-player mode, after beating Legio CdMx in the final 17-0.

Por su parte, la escuadra varonil Pumas Rugby UNAM fue tercera en el Nacional XV´s Primera Fuerza, tras la cancellation de las semifinals de la temporada 2019-20. Con esto se rompió una racha de 29 años sin ubicarse entre los primeros cuatro lugares from the country.

A similar case happened with the women’s soccer team, which secured third place overall in the Telmex Telcel University Championship, after the second round was canceled due to Covid-19.

University cyclists won nine medals at the 2020 National Youth and Elite Track Championship, endorsed by the Mexican Cycling Federation in Aguascalientes. Yareli Acevedo Mendoza (Faculty of Accounting and Administration) won gold in scratch, silver in individual pursuit and omnium, and bronze in points, elimination and madison; Crista Romo de Vivar Glaesson (of the UNAM Cycling Association) won gold in individual pursuit and bronze in elimination; and Hans Torres Ramírez (CCH Vallejo) took silver in the team pursuit.

Online, Fátima Neri Lara, puma archer and student at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, won first place in eight editions of the Liga Cuarentena 1440 tournament, organized by the 1440 Archery Training Center in Monterrey, in the women’s compound category . In addition, he won first place in the I National Online Tournament, organized by the Mexican Archery Federation, with an almost perfect record: 592 points out of a possible 600.

The chess team was crowned in the second edition of the Mexican League, after finishing third in the first edition. Meanwhile, Emil García, a graduate of the Faculty of Sciences and president of the Go Association of the University, was proclaimed champion of the eighth Mexican Go Tournament on the Internet.


International achievements in person and online

Diego Ramírez, from the Faculty of Engineering. Photo: courtesy of Diego Ramirez.

The ball players of UNAM disputed the international university championship of Zabalki in France, where Isaac Jair Perfecto Toribio (student at the Faculty of Accounting and Administration) and Joshua Ávila Alemán (engineering) won the second place in the single pair modality; Pablo Sandoval Israde, of CCH Azcapotzalco, placed second in the individual hand modality, and Kathya Vargas Guzmán (Architecture) finished third in the rubber paddle.

In online modality, Lilian Zavala Romero, from the Faculty of Medicine, obtained the first place in the Latin American women’s qualification of go, free category, in the direction of the world championship of the specialty that would be held in Japan.

A su vez, el estudiante de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Diego Ramírez Rodríguez, fue primero en seis diferentes ediciones de la competencia en línea de tiro con arco 60x Remote Shot, luego de imponerse a oponentes de Sudáfrica, Bélgica, Países Bajos, Inglaterra y Spain.

Fátima Neri, from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, won a silver medal in the compound category of the Online Archery Cup, an online event organized by World Archery Americas.

Jaime Solís, archer of the UNAM Paralympic team, won the silver medal in the W1 category of the Online Archery Cup of the Americas, the first official distance tournament on the continent, organized by World Archery Americas.


Innovation, reinvention and perseverance

The General Directorate of University Sports (DGDU) and the National University Club, AC, in collaboration with Nike as sponsor, have made possible the construction of a new field for the practice of indoor football in the Ciudad Universitaria sports complex.

Likewise, the DGDU called for the process of selecting the beneficiaries of the scholarship program for student-athletes of the UNAM representative teams for the period 2020-1. It consists of biannual financial support and, in seven editions, nearly 7,000 scholarships have been awarded.

The dignity of the sports spaces has been maintained with the reorganization of the toilets and women’s changing rooms, the creation of new classrooms and the establishment of a streaming transmission and recording center in the University Olympic Swimming Pool; as well as the redevelopment of spaces intended for the attention of the public of the General Directorate of University Sports.

In an unprecedented online ceremony, the UNAM Electronic Sports Association was born. Previously, three other cougar associations had been established: one for physical construction and fitness, one for badminton and one for mountaineering.

The ninth meeting of university sports officials was also held remotely, chaired by Rector Enrique Graue Wiechers, accompanied by Alberto Ken Oyama Nakagawa, Secretary for Institutional Development, and Alejandro Fernández Varela Jiménez, Head of DGDU.

Lilian Zavala, from the Faculty of Medicine and go player. Photo: Cristina Jiménez.

The Center for Sports Studies has continued the preparation of coaches, judges, athletes and people interested in the knowledge of sciences and humanities in this branch. In total, there were 1,538 recordings in different teaching modalities. The impact went beyond borders, since in only three of the more than 12 forums, 150 people from 15 countries of the American continent registered.

There are also cycles of conferences such as the one held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Goya Sports on Radio UNAM; the said The subjects of university sport in the face of the virus that changed the world; series sports office; and conferences held with graduate faculties titled 5-F; in addition to the Humanity is Sport cycle produced by the DGDU with the Directorate General for the Diffusion of the Humanities.


Physical activity in the digital world

Luis Enrique Rodríguez, from the Faculty of Sciences. Photo: Courtesy of Luis Enrique Rodríguez.

On the day of love and friendship, in the field of Frontón Cerrado de CU, there were 224 participants in the University Dance Marathon.

With the onset of social distancing, physical activities were carried out online in three ways: activations, sports matches and sports gatherings.

There were daily activations through general fitness sessions, home exercise routines and shows for children, as well as a series for seniors.

The sports matches pitted major league football team Pumas CU against Borregos of Tec de Monterrey, Linces of UVM and Tigres of UANL. The youth category team also held competitions with the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, TEC Campus Guadalajara and FES Acatlán; and performed in others with CCH Sur and High Schools 6, 5, 1 and 8.

As for the sports gatherings, they were held on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Institute of Geophysics of the UNAM, there was the Pumafit Challenge against breast cancer, the Challenge Day within the framework of the World Day of physical activation, the Welcome to the new students of UNAM, Pumathón 2020 and the aforementioned cycle Humanity is Sport.

Physical activation was also promoted with broadcasts as part of the Science and Humanities Festival; with recordings of the members of the different UNAM representative teams, and with three series co-produced by the DGDU and TV UNAM entitled static gymnasticsthat teach what low impact exercises should look like in a small space.


Recognition for the best of Puma sport

The confinement did not prevent the awarding of the 2020 University Sports Prize, equivalent to the State Sports Prize. Lucero Aline Mendoza Calixto, from the Faculty of Psychology and canoeist at UNAM, was the winner in the category of best student athlete. Edmundo Porfirio Alpízar Basurto, from cycling, was distinguished as best coach; and Óscar Alfonso Orduño Yáñez, sports coordinator of FES Cuautitlán, was recognized for the promotion, protection and promotion of university sports.


Over 21 million views

Photos: Courtesy of Club Universidad.

The National University has honored the commitment to extend the benefits of sports culture to Mexican society and even to the people of other countries, with a wide range of online activities with more than 21 million content views among 4 million 671 thousand 767 spectators who enjoyed 1,148 productions.

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