Peruvians and Venezuelans Cheer For Their Own
By Dialogo July 20, 2011
It is common to see in fight competitions like karate, jiu-jitsu and judo, the athletes’ friends and family yelling in the stands, cheering for their loved ones – more than any other sport.
In the 5th Military World Games this has been no different. On the first day of competition in judo, you could hear a myriad of languages screaming throughout the stands. From the Americas region, one could hear a lot of Portuguese, for obvious reasons, but also English and Spanish as well. Mostly present at this event were mainly relatives of the Peruvians and Venezuelans.
“Our team is strong. We have Luvio Ortiz, who has competed in two Olympics. This is great motivation and moral support for the other athletes,” said an enthusiastic – and hoarse – Juan Gabriel de la Peña, whose brother is a soldier in the Venezuelan Army came to Rio to support him.
As for Peruvian Maria Inez Agrialba, cheering on her son who is part of the judo team for Peru, only served to increase her motiviation to come to Rio. “It’s great to come and cheer for him, but it’s also nice to know I can leave here and go to the beach, or go to the Christ statue or even enjoy a caipirinha. To come to this wonderful city was my dream,” she said.
Who ever wants to have fun screaming along with the audience can simply go to the Afonsos Field Gym of the Brazilian Air Force, in Deodoro, in Rio de Janeiro. The judo competitions continue through Saturday (July 23).