There is one competitor in these Central American and Caribbean Games who, without having jumped, dived or threw, already has a set of medals hanging on his neck.
It’s an athlete who is both a gladiator, swimmer and lifter at the same time, and manages to stir emotions, receive applause and excite everyone.
His name doesn’t have a surname and his charm is emblematic, he’s called just Baqui.
When a mascot was being searched for, that would always be in the current 23rd edition of these Games, someone, whose identity has not been determined yet, thought that Barranquilla shouldn’t have that, a pet; instead, a symbol that also held a meaning had to be created.
Daniel Noguera, director of the Games , told me that a serie of coincidences lead him into a natural reserve in the border with Cartagena where lives a tiny creature, who in case of not being protected is condemned to extiction.
This species, as most things in the Caribbean, only inhabits that part of Colombia, is a cotton-top tamarin.
A woman, called Rosamira Guillen became the monkey’s foster mom, set up a foundation that already rings a bell around the globe getting that the few still remaining can breed without ending up in a cage, living a miserable live with humans who believe monkeys are property.
Baqui is a symbol and already a champion. If there’s anything that will go to the 2018 Barranquilla Games history will be its symbol, a message to the world that shows besides pride, that in the digital era sports are vessel which transmits the world a silent message that says here the enviroment wins gold, silver and bronze medals at the same time.
Long Live Baqui!!!