San José, July 24, 2021 (elmundo.cr) – Carlos ‘Cali’ Muñoz was seen desperate on Friday night and with him hundreds of Costa Ricans through social networks.
The Costa Rican athlete received a last minute invitation to represent the country in the Olympic jousts in Tokyo. From there the odyssey began.
The surfer was in the Caribbean of the country, the bad weather that hits that area has the roads closed and the Munoz was in Guápiles, Pococí, in search of being able to pass the Zurquí. After multiple messages on his social networks in search of help, he managed to pass to San José thanks to the help of the Firefighters.
With time against him, he managed to get a PCR test done in a private hospital in San José. The result was negative for covid-19 and this morning he went to the Juan Santamaría airport to start his trip to the Asian continent.
Everything happened very fast. At the end of the day this Friday, the National Olympic Committee (CON) received the communication from the International Surfing Association (ISA) of the field that was opened for Muñoz.
The native of Jacó, Garabito, was in Limón because during the week he prepared on the beaches in the area.
In the end, thanks to the athlete’s impetus to fulfill his Olympic dream, to the clamor of many Costa Ricans and the Guápiles Fire Department, Costa Rica has one more athlete in world jousts.
“It is incredible that Costa Rica is such a small country and such pure life, so full of good people. They supported me a lot, I was awake all night, thanks to the firefighters who picked me up and brought me to the Biblical, also to all the people on social networks, the media I thank you very much, without you this would not be possible “, added the national before getting on the plane.
Now Muñoz needs to postpone the start of the competitions in his category, a request that the NOC has already made.
‘Cali’ would be the third national exponent, along with Leilani McGonagle and Brissa Hennessy, to be present at the premiere of surfing at the Olympic Games.