A total of 16 athletes from Costa Rica will represent the country at the 2023 Functional Fitness World Cup, taking place in Canada from September 30 to October 3.
The official announcement was made by Esteban Castro Castro, President of the Sports Association of Functional Training and Strength (ADEFF), who gave details of the preparations for the event in a conversation with La Teja.
The ADEFF began with the Covid-19 pandemic and, after a short founding period but a lot of talent and work, represented the country at a world championship last year and achieved outstanding placings and even medals, a fact that they want to repeat in 2023.
“There were two qualifying tournaments this year and the best are the ones who go to Canada. They qualified in 18th place, but for now the 16th can travel. We will represent the categories (age) 15 and 16, 17 and 18 for men, master’s degree from 30 to 34 in both genders, 35 to 40, 40 to 44 and 45 to 49 for women and 50 to 54 for men “, he said.
In total, of the 16, there are 7 women and 9 men, but they could be joined by Daniel Solís, who is waiting for a travel visa.
“He is waiting for the Canadian visa to be sent to him, but there is no embassy here in Costa Rica. “The process has already taken about two months and it is likely that everything will be ready next week, but it is still not certain.”
Because the club does not have enough funds to cover all travel costs, it had to raise its own money to participate. Some have even washed cars and organized fundraisers.
“With the registrations and tickets for the event, as well as the $250,000 they donated to us, it was possible to give each athlete $100 for travel expenses and that will be covered by them as well.”
Now the club hopes to find sponsors for the uniforms for both the competition and opening day, as well as help from Icoder.
The country’s representatives will travel on September 26th, 27th and 28th.