Serafín Aragüete, technical director of the Royal Spanish Judo Federation, was satisfied with the Katas European Championship that was held at the Insular Sports Center last weekend and is optimistic about the Veterans European Championship that starts today in the Gran Canaria Arena. "The results are very positive. Even more after a few years in which the baggage of results had gone down. We have returned to the level of several years ago and this result gives us the good work that is being done," said Aragüete.
Something that is worth to the federative technical manager to look firmly at the Katas World Cup to be held in Korea this year. "The European was the first step to see us and make an assessment of our expectations, which can not be better for the performance of the next World Cup," he added.
Looking ahead to the event that starts in Siete Palmas, the European Veterans Championship, the Federation's sports director predicts medals for the Spanish delegation. "I have no doubt that Spain will get medals. There are good competitors, which will get the best out of it and they will be very motivated in the competition."
An important deployment
Argüete also valued the good number of judocas that will compete in this edition in Gran Canaria: more than 1,000 participants. "In a way, less participation was expected due to the problems involved, distance, ticket prices, etc., but it has been a pleasant surprise to verify this good response," he said.
All in a "very adequate facilities" that have required a remarkable effort by the Spanish Federation and the Canary Islands. "The staff of the Canarian Federation is very committed and they are very effective. That doesn't surprise me," he added. And it is that the realization of both championships, with the sending of the material from the Peninsula, has been an extra effort. "It is very difficult to have a good coordination. In this section I thank and congratulate for the work to the transport agency Cacesa, of the Iberia Group, with which we have carried out the transfer of material, both by sea and by air, because it has been fundamental "he added.