The ‘Train’ Valencia makes a political campaign in Colombia

Olympic weightlifting champions Maria Isabel Urrutia and Oscar Figueroa and the glories of Colombian soccer Adolfo «the Train» Valencia and Willington Ortiz This Tuesday they joined the campaign of Gustavo Petro, presidential candidate of the leftist coalition Historical Pact.

«vWe encourage you to support him and support the sport, because it hurts me (what is happening). I was 15, 16 years old and today I see how these boys are losing usor,» said «El Tren» Valencia, a former Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid player in the 1990s.

Valencia and Ortiz, idols of América de Cali and Millonarios, gave the candidate a Colombian national team shirt that said «Champions 1st round»referring to the elections on May 29.

In an act in Bogotá, the retired athletes joined the aspiration of Petrowhich leads the voting intention polls for the elections.


Adolfo the Valencia Train, in a Barça-Atlético match at the Camp Nou.

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Urrutiawho in 2000 won the first gold in Colombian history at the Olympic Games in the 75-kilogram test in Sydney, and Figueroa, winner of the 62-kilogram weightlifting in Rio 2016, are the most visible faces of the group of athletes who decided to support Petro.

In that sense, the retired weightlifter assured that sport should not be a public policy but «a State policy.»

«That our president says that sport should be state policyor (…) because sometimes we find ministers who think that the ball moves because it has a toad inside,» said Urrutia.

In addition to the weightlifters and former soccer players, the former boxer participated in the event Fidel Bassa, world flyweight champion of the World Boxing Association between 1987 and 1989, and Angie Orjuelamarathon runner who participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, among others.

Petro and Federico «Fico» Gutierrez, of the right-wing Team for Colombia, are emerging as favorites to contest the Presidency in a second round, according to a survey published on April 29.

The survey, by the firm Invamer, indicates that Petro, former mayor of Bogotá and current senator, has 43.6% of the intention to vote for May 29 and leads by 16.9 percentage points to Gutierrezwhich reaches 26.7%, which would require a second round that both would dispute on June 19.

The survey, commissioned by the newspaper El Espectador, the radio station Blu Radio and Noticias Caracol, indicates that the former mayor of Bucaramanga is in third place. Rodolfo Hernandezwith 13.9%, while the former governor of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo continues in free fall and falls back to 6.5% of the intention to vote.