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Several athletes have complained, through social networks, of the state of the slopes at the Madrid High Performance Center, still covered by the snow brought by the storm ‘Filomena’.
Adrian Ben was tough. “We are many high-level athletes who have seen ourselves leave our place of residence to be able to continue training in the absence of maintenance in an Olympic year, “wrote the Galician, sixth in 800 at the Doha World Cup.
It seems incredible that this happens in a High Performance Center …
We are many high-level athletes who have been forced to leave our place of residence to continue training due to the lack of maintenance, in an OLYMPIC year!
📸Photos as of Thursday 01/14. pic.twitter.com/BOxdPh8Yr1
– Adrián Ben (@ adryben44) January 14, 2021
Yago Rojo called the state “shameful”. And he reported not having seen any worker cleaning the track since last Saturday. According to Ben, the only available corridor was cleared between athletes and technicians with shovels.
Since Saturday 9th (5 days have passed) I have not seen a single worker cleaning the track. I do not ask that they be there 24 hours, but that they be for a while so that the athletes can do our WORK, it would not be bad .. right? https://t.co/aHGodutxMx
— Yago Rojo (@ YagoRojo95) January 14, 2021
Coach Arturo Martín ironized with the “work of strength” of his athletes with shovels to remove accumulated snow.
The historic snowfall ❄️ lived in recent days in Madrid has left unusual images 📸 in our #CAR.
— CSD (@deportegob) January 11, 2021
Irene Lozano, Secretary of State for Sports, visited CAR on Monday to assess the status. And from the Higher Sports Council, “indoor training” was already encouraged. CSD sources acknowledged to AS that the track is not in good condition and it may take a while to regain normalcy but also that “Most of the training continues in the indoor facilities.” “It was a priority to clear the entrances and that has taken days as it is a very large facility, “they specified.
‘Filomena’ has caused trees to break, problems with the heating in the Blume residence and damage to a roof. Damages that have been considered a priority. A machine has been working since the weekend clearing the vials.
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