In addition to Valencia, the Colombian Olympic Committee (COC) delegation includes María José Martínez (52 kg), Yeni Arias (54 kg), Valeria Arbolida (57), Angie Valdez (60), and Shirlitis Orozco. (66 kg), Camila Camilo (63 kg), Luisa Vasquez (70 kg) and Angie Solano (75 kg).
“It has always been an honor for me to be here and we hope that my teammates and I will do well in this World Cup,” Valencia was quoted as saying in a COC statement.
The athletes emphasized that this is the first time such a large women’s team is participating in the World Cup and thanked them for their support.
Valencia is coming off a silver medal in the 50kg category at the Women’s World Championships in Turkey in May 2022.
For his part, Cuban coach Rafael Iznaga said, “The preparation was made in Bogotá. We have a good team, with a lot of programs, conditions for the girls to have talent and reach their goals.
He recalled that Angie Solano was the junior world runner-up.
The team traveled this Friday and before departure they received the Colombian flag from new sports minister Astrid Rodriguez.
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Colombia has had only one amateur world champion: Miguel María ‘Mascara’ Maturana of Cartagena, who won the title on November 18, 1981, at the World Cup in Montreal, Canada. EFE
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