Women outnumber men in Mexico’s Olympic team

July 10th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, July 10 (Xinhua) Fifty-one percent of the athletes that represents Mexico during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will be women, said the chief of Mexican delegation Carlos Padilla Becerra. Padilla told Xinhua that the out of 85 sportspersons, who have been selected till now to represent Mexico in the Olympics, 43 are women and 42 men. And the number of women will go up because still there are qualifying chances of women’s volleyball and triathlon team.

Mexican cyclist Belem Guerrero, who won a silver medal in Athens 2004, has ignored the wild card given to her, which could have increased the number of Mexican women competing in Beijing.

Mexican delegation will compete in 21 sports in a total of 63 events. The youngest woman to represent Mexico will be Mariana Avitia who is 14 years old and will compete in archery.

Avitia is the youngest Mexican contender in the history of Mexico’s participation in Olympic Games.

The flag bearer will be diver Paola Espinoza who’s one of the greatest hopes from Mexico to win a medal.

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