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The mayor of Santander, Gema Igual, welcomed the players of the Spanish hockey team on March 1, 2020 and assured that the City Council will “further” promote women’s sport.
Accompanied by the general director of Sports of the Government of Cantabria, Mario Iglesias; Councilor for Sports, María Luisa Sanjuán; Vice president of the National Hockey Federation, José Manuel Trueba; President of the Cantabrian, Ignacio Floranes; and the national coach Adrian Lock, the councilor has expressed his pride as Santander welcomes the national team to prepare for its participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
After thanking the involvement of the Federation and its commitment to the Cantabrian capital, Gema Igual explained to the players that the Ruth Beitia Complex is a “jewel” in the sports world and has two state-of-the-art field.
The mayor highlighted the “values of sport” and even more, the binomial “women and sports.”
Likewise, Gema Igual has also announced that Cantabrian player Beatriz Pérez and Bernar Herrera – goalkeeper coach of the Spanish national teams – “will act as hosts” during the stay of the athletes in the city.
The objective of centralising the players to prepare their participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after getting a brilliant qualification performance in Valencia in October 2019 against Korea.
The Spanish team concentrated in La Albericia is made up of 24 players plus 11 staff members with the presence of the absolute national coach Adrian Lock.