Africa-Press – Cape verde. The 6th Rowing and Board Crossing, São Vicente/Santo Antão (Remex), which takes place on Saturday, counts for the first time with the registration of a female athlete in the competition. However, the organization says that, so far, it still does not have the support to reward the athletes of the competition.
According to Aníbal Delgado, one of the organizers of Remex, this is the first time that the competition will have a female athlete, which could “open the doors” to have more participation of women in the next competitions.
“This year, it is to be commended because we have the first female athlete in the competition. This means that Remex is for all ages and all genders. It is a way of encouraging, of opening doors to other athletes”, she predicted.
still no backers
However, less than 24 hours before the race, it still does not have support to award the athletes.
Anibal Delgado, one of the organizers of Remex criticizes the “lack of respect” of local and governmental institutions linked to sport towards water sports.
“It is a huge lack of respect for athletes who practice water sports. Cape Verde had everything to gain from giving support because we have many athletes who could represent the country,” he said.
According to Aníbal Delgado, so far, the 6th edition of the competition has only been supported by “lovers of Laginha beach and water sports in São Vicente” and the Porto Novo City Council (Santo Antão) which, he explained, “registered the competition in its budget since the first edition and, at this moment, it is preparing to receive another edition of the competition”.
However, the organization is still waiting for feedback on the letters submitted to the public institutions responsible for the area, in São Vicente, in order to “reward at least one athlete”.
For this 6th edition of Remex, eight athletes are registered who will make the rowing crossing in the open sea, between Praia da Laginha in São Vicente and Armazém beach in Porto Novo, in Santo Antão, in a course of nine nautical miles.
This 6th Edition of Remex pays tribute to Txisca, a “stimulator of water sports in São Vicente”.