the spanish athlete Aauri Bokesa launched a virulent criticism this Wednesday against Real Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) after do not enter the call individual for the European Championship in Munich (Germany), revealing the confirmation he had from the coach and the feeling of having been “trampled on”.
“As you know, Tuesday the RFEA did not include me in the Munich team in the 400m. It was a huge surprise, because as you can see on the screenshot of WhatsApp, the sthe voter had “confirmed” me that it would be so”, declares the Madrilenian, while showing on Twitter these messages in which the national coach, Jose Peiro, he said to her, “I’ll keep you on the list.”
Aauri Bokesa says ‘feeling trampled’ after Federation decision
“Before traveling to world, I agreed with the sprinter and coach that my fitness should be assessed at Eugene’s practice and stint (my stint was the fastest). Indeed, spending three weeks in the United States I could not test individual to demonstrate my level. Knowing the list, I sent a formal appeal to the Federation, alleging the following points, ”he adds.
Bokesa explains that last year obtained “the highest mark of a Spanish woman born in Spainwhich also meant a European and world minimum”, and that “said note (51.08)” places her “eleventh in the qualification classification for this European”, with a place at the call only for the 4×400 relay.
The Madrid athlete also denounces that the RFEA was slow to detect an injury during the World Indoor Championship in Belgrade. “The injury that did not allow me to compete this season it was generated during the Indoor World Championship, where the Federation’s medical services were unable to detect it, which aggravated the injury, ”he explains.
Bokesa insists on his performance in recent competitions, despite which he did not find a favorable response to the said appeal. “Do you think that’s the way to respond to a person who has been international 30 times? Who just 11 months ago made the best record of a Spaniard born in Spain? Who was she for? 12 times national champion? Me, it is absolutely embarrassing and humiliating, “he says.
In addition, the Madrilenian, captain of the Spain team, summarizes her discomfort in a letter, with “totally broken feelings ahead of what could be “his last European Championship.” I find myself without a European Championship on an individual level, having been in the best shape of my life and having been injured partly because the Federation did not not detected that it was broken,” he said.
“Thank you RFEA for not only trample our work but also make us feel stupid. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that Raúl Chapado and Antonio Sánchez were top athletes”, adds a Bokesa who, with everything, will have to look for “motivation” since she will be in Munich as captain and relay member.
The Spanish list for the European Championship on German soil between August 15 and 21 was made official on Tuesday, with 93 athletes, although the losses of Fátima Diame and Bernat Canet were already announced on Wednesday. As a few weeks ago during the Oregon World Cup, the controversy did not take long to appear.