The former athlete considers it “very shocking” to be accused of being “racist or xenophobic”
The controversial statements of the former athlete Isaac Viciosa about the Muleño runner
Mohamed Katir They have caused an earthquake that ended with an apology from the people of Palencia. One day after an interview with the Soy Corredor website was made public, in which he stated that he would have liked the Spanish record of 3,000 meters “to have been beaten by an athlete with Castilian surnames”, Viciosa sent
a letter to the same medium in which I asked
sorry to Katir for her words and tried to put her statements in context.
The former athlete begins his apology by acknowledging that, after seeing the interview published, the first thing he did was “send a message to Mo Katir apologizing for my statements and
for what could have made you feel bad«. It is also excused if this encounter could have
distract you from your preparation for the Olympics from Tokyo.
Later, the man from Palencia considers that this “situation” has helped him to reflect on how it is and “how I have behaved with people from other countries, races or religions.” The athlete relates that
in his family the phenomenon of migration is lived “with total naturalness”, since his brothers live in Lisbon and Ecuador.
In addition, he also considers it relevant to point out that during the competitions he met “in depth Moroccan runners”: “Despite professing different religions, we got to pray together, and that is something very intimate for a believer,” he says.
Viciosa goes on to explain that her athletics school has helped several athletes from Africa to be able to
regularize their situation, «find a job and be able to integrate in Spain as one more citizen «.
For all these experiences, the former athlete considers
«Very shocking» that they are treated as «racist or xenophobic, even more so when they are people who do not know me “, and he maintains his hope that Mohamed Katir is” the future of Spanish athletics “. Finally, he hopes to meet the Muleño runner in person and »be able to give him a hug«.