For the primary time ever, Mexico may have a feminine boxer among the many members of its Olympic workforce on the 2020 Tokyo Video games to be held this July and August.
Esmeralda Falcón of Mexico Metropolis will signify her nation within the girls’s light-weight (57–60 kilograms) division of the boxing competitors on the Summer season Olympic Video games, which can begin within the Japanese capital on July 23, a yr later than initially deliberate because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The 25-year-old’s journey from schoolgirl to elite athlete could be traced again to the lounge of her childhood house in Santiago Tulyehualco, a city within the southern Mexico Metropolis borough of Xohchimilco. It was there that her father placed on Bruce Lee motion pictures for the viewing pleasure of his kids, unwittingly putting his daughter on a path to sporting glory.
“… Since I used to be a lady, I wished to be like Bruce Lee, bounce like Bruce Lee, defend and assault like Bruce Lee,” Falcón informed the newspaper Milenio.
To emulate Lee, Falcón wished to be taught Chinese language martial arts, or kung fu, however in her seek for a gymnasium, she first discovered one the place boxing was the game of alternative. And she or he determined to remain.
“It actually stood out to me that there have been virtually no girls. All of the [training] materials was for males,” Falcón recalled, including that she noticed the male-dominated atmosphere as “a sort of problem” to beat.
One other problem was convincing the opposite feminine members of her household that she wasn’t being reckless in entering into the ring.
“At first, my mom and my sister didn’t agree [with my decision to box] as a result of they stated that it was a harmful sport … and I might get harm,” she stated.
The male members of her household had been initially extra supportive, she stated.
“My dad and my brothers informed me to consider carefully in regards to the determination however that if it was what I wished, they might help me,” she stated.
On the age of 18, Falcón determined to take her ardour for boxing to a different degree and dedicate much more time to coaching with the goal of succeeding in aggressive boxing.
“Lots of people stated to me that I used to be already [too] outdated [to become a competitive boxer] however I informed them that I might do it,” she stated.
And certainly she might. In the identical yr that she turned 18, Falcón grew to become the nationwide champion in her weight division and would later go on to win a gold medal on the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Video games and a bronze medal on the 2019 Pan American Video games.
Additionally in 2019, the boxer achieved one other dream by becoming a member of the navy and starting a bodily training educating diploma on the Naval College in Mexico Metropolis. “Since earlier than I used to be a sportswoman, my intention was to review within the navy,” she informed Milenio.
Whereas persevering with to review for her diploma, Falcón is coaching onerous for her Olympics debut, which is now lower than two months away. She certified for the video games after triumphing in some of the tough bouts of her profession. Her opponent? Covid-19.
Falcón, an asthmatic, bought sick final yr after contracting the virus, an episode that pressured her to cease coaching and prompted her to lose the bodily conditioning she had labored so onerous to construct up. However decided to win a spot on the Olympic workforce, she bought again within the ring after recovering and progressively rebuilt her energy and health.
Now Falcón has her sights set firmly on not simply competing in Tokyo however in future Olympic Video games.
“I wish to compete within the subsequent Olympic Video games [after Tokyo]. I wish to be an Olympic medalist within the medium time period; I don’t wish to accept simply taking part,” she stated. “And I wish to end my diploma with the intention to transfer up within the navy and train my providers as a instructor.”
As for Falcón’s mom, she has nicely and actually overcome her preliminary doubts about her daughter’s dream.
“She informed me that she’s very proud [of me],” the boxer stated. “She informed me to maintain working onerous, to not drop off [in my training]. She informed me that [making the Olympics] is a superb achievement but additionally an important accountability and that I needed to be mature, accountable and maintain my ft on the bottom.”
Supply: Milenio (sp)