The athlete confirmed in his social networks that he obtained the permission he needed to leave the United States and travel to represent Guatemala in the Olympic Games
GUATEMALA CITY – The Guatemalan athlete’s Olympic dream Luis Grijalva remains intact, after confirming that he obtained the permission he needed to leave the United States without any inconvenience and travel to Tokyo to compete in the Olympic Games representing Guatemala in the 5,000 meter dash test.
“It’s official, I’m going to Tokyo. I couldn’t have done this without the help of Jessica Smith Bobadilla, she is an amazing person who does such wonderful things for immigrants like me. Thank you for allowing me to pursue my Olympic dream.”, Grijalva published on his Instagram account, showing the permission obtained to leave the United States.
The National Athletics Federation reported that Luis Grijalva resides in the United States since he was a child and is currently part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which supports undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Before the authorization, Grijalva did not have legal authorization to leave the country.
Luis Grijalva He is qualified to compete in the 5,000 meter dash event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 5 at 5:00 AM (Guatemala time). It will be in the next few days when Grijalva is leaving for Tokyo as the representative of Guatemala.
According to the Guatemalan Olympic Committee (COG), Grijalva was born in Guatemala and his parents took him to the United States since he was one year old; however, he is attached to the Guatemalan land. He obtained his classification in the Oregon event corresponding to this year’s NCAA Division Outdoor Track & Field Championship, with a time of 13: 13.14 minutes in the 5,000 meters. “Guatemala is my country and representing it means a lot to me; one of the reasons”He explained recently.
In addition to achieving the mark that will take him to Tokyo, that same time of 13: 13.14 minutes, is the new national record in the 5,000 meters. The Olympic Games are his next big test where he will fulfill his maximum dream in high performance sports.
Grijalva is one of the 24 representatives of Guatemala who reached their ticket to Tokyo in 10 different disciplines.
As a boy he was protected by deferred action for those arriving in childhood -DACA, but Luis Grijalva #GUA it did not have free immigration access. Go to #Olympic Games it would have meant self-deportation. Got permission. Comes to # Tokyo2020 https://t.co/UxG75eE4O3
– Fernando Palomo ESPN (@fernandopalomo) July 26, 2021