The tennis player and the basketball player carried the national flag at the Opening Ceremony at Parque Independencia.
The big day has arrived! The 3rd Rosario 2022 South American Youth Games kicked off. The Opening Ceremony took place in the Parque Independencia Lake, where the tennis player Luciana Moyano and basketball player Nicolás Chiaraviglio had the honor of being the Argentine flag bearers.
“Being a flag bearer is an honor. It was a surprise. I found out training. A colleague informed me. I was very happy. It’s going to be a very nice experience,” the young woman from Cordoba told TyCSports.com. And I add: “It’s going to be much more beautiful because it’s going to be in Argentina, with my family who’s going to be able to go see me. It’s going to be a different way of life.”
For his part, the Santa Fe affirmed: “That they choose me as the flag bearer is very unexpected and, at the same time, a great pride. I take it as a reward for the work I do every day, for the sacrifices I make to be where I am. I will represent the flag with great pride. It is a great pride. It’s inexplicable”.
Who is Luciana Moyano, the promise of Argentine tennis that will be the standard bearer in Rosario 2022
Luciana Moyano, a 16-year-old tennis player from the Juárez Celman Station, grew up practicing tennis since she was a child: she hit the ball, in the complex that her parents built to support the tennis careers of his brothers Matías and Agustín, who several years later ended up being his coaches.
It wasn’t long before he started competing. Even at the age of 13 she was already number one in her category in Argentina and He turned professional when he was just 15 years old.in 2021 (he was crowned in his debut at the Ferro contest).
Moyano comes from winning two gold medals at the I Junior Pan American Games Cali Valle 2021, in individual and mixed doubles competition. “In Cali it was a surprise for me. Obviously it was what I was going to look for, but you never know if it can be fulfilled or not. It made me very happy”, she recalled of that experience. In addition, she got into the main draw of the Argentina Open, arriving from the Qualy, and has just been crowned champion of the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors in Paraguay this year. Currently, she is in the 30th place in the ITJ Youth Ranking.
In this context, the tennis player from Cordoba explained that “you feel quite the difference” between participating in a professional tournament and an event like Cali Valle or Rosario 2022: “The professionals are much neater. Obviously I’m also learning, I’m a girl. Tournaments are different. But on the field you have to try to beat everyone.”
Moyano, who admires Rafael Nadal and Nadia Podoroska, will compete in the singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles competition, where she will repeat a pair with Lautaro Midón (her partner in Cali Valle). “I hope to continue adding experience. There are not many tournaments of this type in tennis. I want to enjoy it. I would like to be able to repeat the medal like in Cali, but, more than anything, keep learning”. After the contest in Rosario, he will travel directly to Europe to play some tournaments and Roland Garros Junior.
The story of Nicolás Chiaraviglio, the Argentine flag bearer in Rosario 2022
Nicolás Chiaraviglio, an 18-year-old from Sunchales, fell in love with basketball thanks to his father and brother, who competed in the sport and even went to the bench in the National League, although he did not make his debut.
At the moment, Nicolás defends the Libertad de Sunchales shirt, the club of his entire life. On the other hand, with the Argentine National Team, he participated in the friendly tournament Sub 15 Sportmagic Junior Cup “Basketland” (where they were crowned champions).
Now, he is preparing to compete in 3×3 basketball. “I am in 5 vs 5 on a day-to-day basis, but since 2019 we have concentrations. We started preparing for the Youth Olympic Games. They could not be done. We touch the South Americans. It is a very big change. It is much more dynamic, requires more skills. Decisions are in shorter times. The player has a freedom of decision that is obviously not possible in 5×5″, he explained to TyCSports.com.
Finally, Chiaraviglio assured that Rosario 2022 “it will be a unique experience” and trusts that “it will go well” for the long preparation. “We always tell each other what it would mean to win a medal, but we didn’t set ourselves the objectiveyes We are well prepared and, if it happens, much better. If not, we are going to try to enjoy ourselves and do our best to achieve it”sentenced.
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The story of Moyano and Chiaraviglio, the Argentine flag bearers in Rosario 2022