The athlete María Pía Fernández will be the flag bearer of Uruguay at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will take place this Sunday at eight o’clock in the Uruguayan morning (20:00 local time in Japan).
The runner is the only Uruguayan athlete who will be able to participate in the party that will start a new Olympiad, given that, by sanitary protocol, all athletes should and must leave the Games within 48 hours after the end of the competition in which participate. For this reason, the rest of the celestial athletes already had to leave Japan; Déborah Rodríguez and Bruno Cetraro had been the standard bearers at the opening ceremony.
Fernández competed this Sunday in the qualifying series of the 1,500 flat meters, whose final will take place this Friday, August 6 at 9:50 a.m. in Uruguay (9:50 p.m. in Japan).
The 26-year-old Uruguayan finished last in her heat as she had suffered a nine-millimeter muscle strain in the outer calf of her right leg in the days leading up to the competition. Despite this serious injury, the athlete decided to go out on the track, compete and finish the race, exemplifying with her action the great Olympic spirit and her love for sport; And beyond the fact that Fernández is already planning a rematch in Paris 2024, the opportunity to carry the Uruguayan flag at the ceremony next Sunday will give the feeling of being before a new poetic justice in sport.