The internal war in Spanish canoeing unleashed by Carlos Garrote and former federative president Juan Román Mangas for what they consider to be a "rigged" selection process experienced another chapter this Wednesday. The Federation decided to reactivate the tests to choose the K4-500 that will compete in Tokyo after they were suspended on Monday after Garrote hinted that some teammates were slowing down with him on the boat to let him out of Tokyo. There has only been one day of testing in this second batch, this Wednesday, the test with the K4 of Craviotto-Cooper-Arévalo-Germade, the boat that in the first run of the two scheduled signed the best time with 3.8 seconds ahead. This Thursday and Friday the other two runs were scheduled: Craviotto-Garrote-Arévalo y Toro and Craviotto -Cooper-Arévalo-Toro. There will be no because this Wednesday early in the morning, Garrote and Cristian Toro left the Trasona concentration, Asturias, where the team has its headquarters set.
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Han Army presenting a medical discharge to the Federation. They claim not to be physically well in order to compete. " I'm leaving here and I'm going to talk to my psychologist … to see if I can perform ," Toro said, according to a witness, in the hangar (the place where the pirogues are kept). On Tuesday at noon, the Federation sent an email to the six paddlers to confirm their attendance at the resumption of the tests; Toro confirmed his presence except to change his mind 24 hours later. He himself said this morning that he had accompanied his colleague Garrote to the emergency room due to a “nervous situation”. At noon, asked by the media about his discharge, Toro replied: “I have hardly eaten and slept in the last 72 hours. I am not well neither physically nor mentally, and my psychologist can guarantee it, so that they evaluate me. That is why I am not taking part in the tests. ”24 hours earlier, according to another witness,
wished Craviotto -Cooper-Arévalo-Germade luck, the boat that so far has set the best time in the tests to go to the Games . “Good luck guys and good spirits; to shake up the Germans [world champions and favorites for gold in Tokyo] ”. In the national team, there are those who believe that Garrote y Toro —beated last week in the K1-200 and whose only option to go to the Games was to set the best time in the K4-500— are trying to lengthen the selection process as long as possible. possible and challenge the selection criteria.
At the moment, they have managed to interrupt it indefinitely and without a date for resumption. The Federation announced on Tuesday afternoon that the selectives were going to have to be finished this week and that this week the boat would be defined for the May World Cup and for the Games. There are four and a half months until the Olympic event and they want the boat to focus and refine the preparation to be able to fight for the gold. In the statement that was sent to the media this Wednesday afternoon explaining that the process was halted due to the casualties of Garrote and Toro – "after the tension accumulated these days" -, they did not give a date for the resumption. Meanwhile, the world runners-up in Szeged 2019 (Craviotto, Cooper, Arévalo and Germade) who, like Toro and Garrote, have not rested for days but did come to compete, have no date to return to training.
Pedro Pablo Barrios, the new President of the Federation, elected a month ago, yesterday tried to convey a message of tranquility despite the fact that the national team is a powder keg. “I have absolute confidence in the coach Miguel García and I demand respect for being a technician of impressive prestige and one of the most successful” (his athletes won four Olympic medals in Rio2016, London2012 and Beijing 2008) .