The Spanish delegation that will participate in the World Roller Games of Barcelona has been presented this Monday in Montjuïc, the epicenter of the competition that from the 4th until the 14th of July will celebrate the World Championships of 11 roller sports. The Spanish team consists of 361 athletes, a larger group than the one of the previous edition in WRG Nanjing 2017, where it won 22 medals.
Carmelo Paniagua, president of the Real Federación Española de Patinaje and the Organizing Committee of the WRG2019, has encouraged Spanish athletes to enjoy the World Roller Games during the 11 days of competition. "Institutions and athletes, we have worked together for years to get to this moment that we all wanted. If you enjoy, means you are doing well," he told the athletes gathered in front of the Anella Olímpica of Montjuïc, one of the venues of the event. Paniagua added that he is convinced that the competition will be a resounding success both at a sporting and organizational level.
On the other hand, María José Rienda, president of the Comité Superior de Deportes, has highlighted the importance that the World Roller Games will have to promote emerging sports such as small wheel and has predicted good results for Spanish athletes. "You are going to do great and, although you have the pressure of the medals obtained in 2017 and the fact of competing at home, you have to know how to manage it in the best possible way".
Spanish athletes are looking forward to their debut in the WRG 2019. Mery Muñoz, member of the selection of Roller Freestyle and one of the Spanish stars, has declared that she is "physically and mentally" prepared to compete in her discipline, despite the tough competition and the fact that he will be competing among his top rivals. "I'm strong, as always, and I’m hopeful that Spain will reach the final and, if I can, get on the podium," Muñoz said.
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