San José, Jul 25 (elmundo.cr) – Gymnast Luciana Alvarado made history by being the first Costa Rican to qualify for the Olympic Games
He also used his participation in the Ariake Arena in Tokyo to make a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to the media. Today.
At the end of his floor routine, Alvarado knelt down, put his left arm behind his back and raised his right fist skyward, then confirmed to the GymCastic podcast that the pose was intentional.
“My cousin and I both do it in our routines,” he said. «And I feel that if you do something that unites everyone, you know, and you see that here, like ‘Yes, you are one of mine, you understand things’, the importance of everyone being treated with respect and dignity and everyone having the Same rights because we are all equal and we are all beautiful and amazing, so I think that’s why I love having it in my routine and I love that my little cousin does it in her routine too.
Alvarado’s demonstration is the first of its kind on an international stage in elite gymnastics. The pose is part of her floor choreography, and she performed the routine during the fourth subdivision of the female artistic gymnastics qualifications.
The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 as a hashtag a year after Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida.
Martin, a 17-year-old black man, was killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, as he was walking back to the home of his father’s fiancee in Sanford, Florida, after stopping at a convenience store. buy some sandwiches. Zimmerman acknowledged that he shot Martin claiming self-defense, but was acquitted after a media trial.
The movement, whose motto is “Black Lives Matter,” was founded “in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer,” says its website.
The project created by Garza, Khan-Cullors and Opal Tometi has increased its visibility in recent years, but had a new moment of visibility in May 2020 after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white policeman in Minneapolis, who for almost 9 minutes he pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck. The officer responsible, Derek Chauvin, was fired and faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and manslaughter.
The movement “helped spark the conversation around police and state violence” against black people, says its website, adding that the movement’s commitment is to “fight together and imagine and create a world free of anti-blackness, where every black person has the social, economic and political power to prosper.
And Floyd’s death sparked mass protests not only in Minneapolis, but in various cities across the United States and around the world calling for more and more to join the initial call: that the lives of black people matter.