Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo Gascon received gold in fencing on the 2012 London Olympics and is coaching arduous to appreciate his dream of profitable any other Olympic medal in Tokyo subsequent summer time
Each day after extensive coaching, he jumps on his motorcycle and with a inexperienced thermal bag on his again he crisscrosses town of Lodz, the place he lives together with his spouse and two youngsters, turning in meals to other people’s doorsteps.
With the worldwide financial state of affairs precarious amid the coronavirus pandemic and little probability for sponsorship, Limardo is thankful to have a role, specifically one who leaves him time for sports activities observe.
“There is not any sponsorship now as a result of there is not any festival, however I nonetheless must generate some assets to make stronger my circle of relatives,” Limardo instructed The Related Press in a brief damage between meals deliveries remaining week.
The 35-year-old athlete responds to orders that ping on his telephone as much as 12 instances an afternoon.
‘’I don’t need to go away the game as a result of I nonetheless have a dream,’’ Limardo mentioned.
With a masks protecting his face this present day, fanatics of fencing have little probability of spotting the Olympic gold medalist identified for his modesty.
However some learn about him and ask for selfies and take the chance to speak with the local of Ciudad Bolivar, who speaks best possible Polish.
“I’m stuffed with admiration (for you) as a result of sports activities careers don’t at all times pass one of the best ways and I’m in reality inspired that you just proceed to combat in your targets,” a person who best gave his title as Bartlomiej instructed him when Limardo introduced a supply from McDonald’s.
Limardo moved to Poland, which has a protracted custom in fencing, some 20 years in the past as a young person to coach at the épée, the heaviest of contemporary fencing guns.
He has additionally received gold in person epee on the 2007 Pan American Video games and on the 2006 and 2008 championships in Poland.
His gold medal from London is the second one Olympic win ever for a Venezuelan, making him a star in his fatherland.
He competed within the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro within the person and staff épée competitions, however did not safe any medals.
From his house in central Poland, he continues to root for Venezuela, which has observed issues together with political discontent exacerbated by way of hyperinflation and shortages of meals and medication.
He says he hopes that issues will “get taken care of out” quickly in Venezuela. Within the interim, he seeks to constitute his nation with pleasure.
“Anyplace I am going, I’ll carry the flag 100%, with a large number of pleasure, with a large number of ardor,″ Limardo mentioned.
Scislowska reported from Warsaw.