Olympic Champion Turns Delivery Rider To Make Ends Meet


    Olympic Champion Turns Shipment Rider To Make Ends Satisfy

    Olympic Champion Turns Delivery Rider To Make Ends Meet

    Ruben Limardo ended up being only the second Venezuelan gold medallist, 44 years after boxer Francisco Rodriguez. © AFP

    With a big shipment bag on his back Venezuelan Olympic champ fencer Ruben Limardo is out biking around his adopted hometown in Poland, making ends meet in a strange but heartwarming tale from this time of pandemic. The 35- year-old London Olympics foil gold medallist will choose magnificence once again at the Tokyo Olympics next year, however stunned his fans recently when he made a tweet revealing the nature of his brand-new task. “You have to earn your method and this is a job like any other,” he informed AFP as he went about a common day of training and making food deliveries for Uber Consumes.


    And he is not the only one– 20 other members of Venezuela’s national fencing group live the same unlikely existence in the town of Lodz in Poland.

    ” We are all delivery riders,” said Limardo, speaking in fluent Polish.

    He won his Olympic title 8 years earlier– the first fencer from Latin America to do so given that Cuba’s Ramon Fonst in 1904.

    He likewise became just the second Venezuelan gold medallist, 44 years after fighter Francisco Rodriguez.

    ” Pandemic turned everything around”

    5 mornings a week, the young Venezuelan fencers gather in a former workshop on a largely deserted commercial site in Lodz to cross swords.

    Their white uniforms clash with the yellow, blue and red of their national flag which dominate the decoration.

    At the entryway, a stack of bikes and green cool-bags wait for the stroke of 1: 00 pm when each of the fencers complete their training, has a fast shower and then sets off for deliveries in the chill of a Polish autumn.

    ” We get really little money from Venezuela because of the crisis there. And the pandemic has turned everything around. There are no competitors, the Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year and the sponsors are stating they will begin paying once again in the new year.

    ” That’s why we need to earn money on the roadway,” said Limardo, who does around 50 kilometres (31 miles) per day on his bike, making around 100 euros a week.

    ” It works well with our training. We could even state it is an extension of the training,” said the married dad of two.

    ” It allows us to live, complete our research studies. We assist each other out with training, paying leas. Everyone works to fund the others in the group,” he stated.

    ” The dream is still there”

    Ruben Limardo has actually resided in Poland for 19 years.

    He was motivated to move there by an uncle who desired to produce a centre for Venezuelan fencers in this economically flourishing nation with reasonably low overheads compared to western Europe.

    Since moving to Poland, he has produced a foundation for Venezuelan fencers as well as a club for participating in local tournaments and a fencing school for kids.

    The pandemic has actually produced difficulties however the school is continuing to operate, with the Venezuelan fencers taking it in turns to offer lessons.


    ” But above all we are training to resume competitors anytime. The dream is still there,” Limardo said.

    ” Each time I make a shipment I inform myself that it will assist me win the medal I want at Tokyo in 2021.”

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