More than five hundred people give the Olympic athlete a loving bath in the Town Hall Square: “I am proud to be a Muleño, in Tokyo I have felt your breath”
Mohamed Katir, Olympic diploma with his eighth place in the final of the 5,000 meters of the Tokyo Games, was honored yesterday in Mula, the town where he resides and in which he is already a hero. At 7:30 p.m. he arrived at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, where an official reception took place. He arrived in an official car accompanied by his father, his little brother and the Councilor for Sports, Vicente López Rubio. There they met more than five hundred people, who cheered the athlete.
Katir was surprised by so much applause and cheers from her neighbors. The entire municipal corporation was in the meeting room of the Town Hall. After signing in the city’s golden book, the Moroccan-born Muleño had words of gratitude, greeted those attending the event on numerous occasions, both on the street and from the balcony of the City Hall. «I am proud to be a Muleño. In Tokyo I have felt your breath ». He also thanked all of Spain and the Region of Murcia for the support they have received.
In an informal press conference, when asked if he would like a street in the municipality to bear his name, he said: “I am just a normal person.” The mayor, Juan Jesús Moreno, on behalf of the Corporation, handed him a painting by the Muleño painter Nono García.
Adam, Katir’s little brother, surprised by the massive reception of his brother, said that “at home we are very proud of him.” At his side, his father added that “these days we are very happy and they are being very happy.”
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was scheduled in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento following the health recommendations. From the Consistory, the attendees were asked individual prudence and respect for social distancing so that the act could take place without crowds and with safety for all neighbors.