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The first Malaga competitors arrive in Tokyo's Olympic village

From top to bottom and left to right; Davidovich, Marta López, Merche and Sole, Benítez with the Taekwondo team and Torrontegui with the ex-Malaguista Ochoa.
From top to bottom and left to right; Davidovich, Marta López, Merche and Sole, Benítez with the Taekwondo team and Torrontegui with the ex-Malaguista Ochoa. / SUR
  • The group of sportsmen and women is already settling into the modern facilities in Japan

The first contingent of elite Malaga sportsmen and women have arrived in the Olympic village in Tokyo.

Marta López, Sole, Alejandro Davidovich, Marcelino Torrontegui and Elena Benítez, are already settling into the modern facilities in Japan

It is a strange environment for the competitors, very unlike that of previous Games.

After endless bureaucratic procedures, several Covid tests and a flight of more than fifteen hours (from Madrid), on arrival the top athletes spent several more long hours doing 'paperwork' and downloading an app designed to keep track of all the inhabitants of the complex during their stay at the Olympics.

The site, which the sportsmen and women are not allowed to leave, comprises of some 44 hectares of buildings, including accommodation, gyms, dining rooms, shops and a medical clinic.

As well as finding themselves being shuttled around in driverless buses, the athletes will find one of the traditions of the Olympic village missing – the presence of the fast-food chain McDonald’s.

In the next few hours, the Malagueños Damián Quintero, Sergio Scariolo, Enrique Salinas, Carlos Salas and Ángel Sánchez Cañete will also arrive in the Olympic village.