On Wednesday’s day came the official confirmation from the BTF, which the Argentine team had been waiting for so much. Ramón Quiroga (52 kg.) And Mirco Cuello (57 kg.) Already had their places assured for the Olympic event and were only waiting for the officialization, being located among the four best in the ranking in the continent of their respective categories. They both feature fourths. Argentina was waiting for the resolution by Francisco Verón (75 kg.), Who depended on the criteria of the BTF to prepare the ranking of the division, which finally placed him third, in order to also seal his pass for the Games that start on 23 next July.
Among his most important achievements, Quiroga was a bronze medalist at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Cuello obtained the bronze medal at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games in 2018, and the gold medal at an international tournament in Istanbul, Turkey. . Verón also comes from winning gold in the same tournament in Turkey.
While all three already have their presence assured, they might not be the only ones. Between June 10 and 11, the second BTF call will take place. There, the chances of two more representatives could crystallize, the entrerriano Brian Arregui (69 kg.) And Lucía Pérez (69 kg.). Both are first substitutes by ranking and depend on the loss of one of those already classified, something that could happen.
Pérez is fourth, in a division in which three qualify, and awaits the release of a place, something that could happen since one of the best ranked has problems with her federation.
But the one who has the best chances is the fighter from Villaguay, who is sixth, in a division that the first five enter. Although it also depends on the release of a square, his illusions grow since the Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre (former double Olympian, current professional and No. 2 in the world welterweight ranking of the World Boxing Association) would be feasible to give up competing, since who has professional fights scheduled in the United States. On June 19, Maestre will face the Canadian Cody Crowley in Houston, Texas, for an extremely high purse, and if he wins (he is a favorite), he is expected to offer a match of great importance against an elite figure worldwide.
With this, the hopes for the Villaguayan Arregui increase, whose most significant achievement was winning the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.
The surprise and at the same time anger was unleashed when it was known that the Cordoba sisters Leonela and Dayana Sánchez would have qualified directly for the games, if they had not been suspended for positive doping. Leonela is the first classified in 57 kg. across the continent, and Dayana third at 60 kg. Although Leonela was also a mother in recent months, and both were not trained with the national team, due to the suspension they were not registered for the Pre-Olympic which was later canceled, a mandatory requirement for the individual of the Olympic event.
Beyond all the speculations, we will have to wait until June 11 to know the final list.
The Olympic Games have a start date of July 23, but it is not ruled out that they suffer some type of alteration, as a result of the pandemic. After its completion in 2020 – its original date – was canceled due to the emergence of the Coronavirus COVID-19 worldwide, it was postponed to 2021. However, there are many social pressures in Japan to prevent competition from developing. It is not easy. If canceled, previously signed multi-million dollar contracts would be broken, which will require large reparations.
Meanwhile, the athletes continue to prepare. And the Argentine boxing team dreams of reaching the maximum possible of five participants.