Richard Carapaz: We are angry at ourselves for everything that happened
Nov 15 2017 12:47 pm CET

Richard Carapaz: We are angry at ourselves for everything that happened
Richard Carapaz: We are angry at ourselves for everything that happened
Photo of Richard Carapaz by Movistar

Ecuadorian riders Richard Carapaz, Jonathan Narvaez and Jonathan Caicedo have presented their apologies for the behaviour that resulted in their expulsion from the Bolivarian Games.

The riders were in the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, to represent Ecuador at the games and were found drunk in a restaurant. The Olympic Committee of their country took the decision of sending them back to Ecuador, where they apologised in a press conference.

The text of the press release was read by Carapaz in front of national and international media. "We are angry at ourselves for everything that happened," he said. "We would like to sincerely apologise to our Federation, the Sports Ministry, the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee and to our teams, who were the ones that supported us the most.

"We also apologise to our families and the public, particularly to the children because we should be an example to them, not only in the Sports sense but as responsible adults."

The riders will wait for the process that the Olympic Committee will start against them and from which they can expect a punishment. "As sportsmen and human beings we make mistakes and this is one of those. But as elite sportsmen, we know how to stand up back again and be humble in the successes and the difficult moments," Carapaz continued.

"This is a hard experience and it will make us better sports people and an example for everybody."




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