TO Tokyo, without complex. To conquer the Olympic Games, of course. Even if he doesn’t run. Does not matter. Jose Antonio Bodoque (Bodo for friends, who are many) is one of those who makes a team. He can afford it. The legs of triathletes Gomez Noya or Mario Mola, two of the most serious medal options you have Spain In the Japanese appointment, they depend on their hands. Because Bodo is a physical therapist. The Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) and the Spanish Triathlon Federation (FETRI) have been alternating for 20 years. These are your fifth JGames after Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. And he has come to all of them with that invasive (sporting) ambition, armed with simple weapons. A stretcher. Their creams. Your specialist stuff. And most importantly: a T-shirt (or several) from Leganes.
“They cannot be absent, ever”, jokes since Japan on the other side of the phone, the one who responds solicitously and always with a smile that defines his role as a faithful squire to all who ask for his help. Because the ‘Bodoquism‘ it never fails. Natural of Leganes (50 years old), he exercises a collaborative personality that is part of the social DNA that he sucked in his neighborhood, in San Nicasio, a neighborhood space with workers’ dyes in which everyone leans on everyone. Teaming up. Like Bodoque and Leganés.
These days his image posing with the blue and white sheepskin on the hoops of the Tokyo Olympic Village they have become a viral photo throughout the city. Own Leganes or the town hall They have taken care to broadcast it on social networks with the joy of knowing what a little piece of cucumber pride will make homeland girl in Japan. But what a bit … Contagious and expansive.
Athletes converted to ‘Pepinerismo’
Because Bodoque it is a firm Taliban of Leganense sentiment. A good part of the expedition that will compete in Tokyo knows of his obsession. He transmits it in many ways. With small details full of affection, for example. A significant number of the suitcases that will arrive Tokyo will feature a personalized Lega keychain that Bodoque has distributed among his own.
He also apologizes for the blue and white with outfits for his friends or invitations (when he could) to matches in the Avenue of the Eleven Lions. He dreams, for example, of sharing in Butarque some duel with the best of Spanish athletics. Knowing his unattainable determination to discouragement, he will achieve it. Without a doubt.
“Now I am very hooked on Alvaro Martin, who is the champion of Spain in the 20-kilometer march and a candidate to fight here for medals, “he admits. Bodoque. “It is that for me the Leganes it is not an obsession. Is a feeling. I love that they identify me with the Lega. What i feel in Butarque I don’t feel it anywhere, ”he says shortly after the aforementioned Noya and Mola have passed through his hands.
Will they get a medal? “Our aspirations are maximum. I have a lot of faith in them “, analyze. Bodo does not tell it, but in his head he surely has an idea to sneak into the photo of that potential success a T-shirt of the Leganes in case someone manages to touch metal and continue the expansion of the cucumber brand through athletics. TO Tokyo He has taken two sheepskins, just in case. The blue and white of last season and the red of the current one.
Tributes, for others
In the Leganes they take all these efforts into account. And they spread them whenever they can. Tribute luck that, who knows, could one day go to more. “An honor roll? It would be milk, but I prefer that they pay homage to Salustiano ToribioThat was a great one, ”he says in reference to the recently deceased partner of Leganés, an energetic fan of cucumber until the end of his 106 years of life. Salus was also from the neighborhood, from San Nicasio. What Bodo.
There he started playing soccer before switching to judo. “He played on dirt pitches! What times in the San Nicasio, Florida Dynamo, La Paz… Did you know that this team came out Alfredito? Then he played in the Lega. An idol ”, relata while drooling (figurative) for evoking bits of blue and white nostalgia, the one that was unleashed when coinciding with the Leganes from Luis Angel Duque while conducting physical sessions at the Friars Park or when chatting with Pablo Alfaro and Miguel Alonso after training, when it was the tandem that led the Lega.
That year, in 2012, Bodo was definitely hooked on Leganes. He became a partner, convinced his father to imitate him and began an evangelizing task that he has in Asier Garitano a kind of messiah. “I feel super identified with him because he represents what he is Leganes: a super simple guy, but super ambitious. Know what the Leganes. It brings you down to earth fast if you grow up ”, he describes without knowing that, indirectly, he is drawing his own virtues. Those of the ‘Bodoquism‘. Those that only stain a defect: being too much a fan of a Leganés for which he has already conquered Tokyo and its Olympic Games.