Javier Gómez Noya: “It´s a luxury to compite at home…and like every race, I´ll go out to win”

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The triathlete participated in the presentation of Santander Bank, title sponsor of ITU Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra

Javier Gómez Noya was present today in a presentation ceremony for Santander Bank as the title sponsor of the Multisport World Championships which will be held from 27th of April to the 5th of May. Gomez was connected live from New Zealand on the day of his 36th Birthday. From the Santander Bank office on Xeneral Gutiérrez Mellado Road where the press conference took place, he was sung ´happy birthday´ in the presence of the mayor of the city, Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, the director of Santander Bank Territorial, Charo García Alonso, and the director of Santander Bank 123aCorrer, Virgnia Martínez Murguía.

Javier Gómez Noya will be one of the illustrious participants in the championships and said: ¨it´s a luxury for me to compite at home. I have very good memories of all the experiences I’ve had competing in Pontevedra and I´m sure that it will be a great spectacle. I encourage everyone to come and watch us and we expect some great days of triathlon. If I weren’t participating, I wouldn’t miss it as a spectator either¨. What’s more: ¨on an emotional level, competing at home is very beautiful and even more so in a city that always turns to sport. If this World Championships were anywhere else I wouldn’t be competing, my training is very different now, but this is my city and I want to try to fight for victory here… like in every race I race, I always go out to win. It´s a complicated goal because I’ve never competed at this distance, I´ve raced longer and shorter, but I hope to be able to perform at a good level¨.

Javier Gómez Noya is currently training in New Zealand and said: ¨next week I’m back to competing and I’m eager to test myself. For me it will be a preparation race. One of my objectives is the Olympic Games and I have to perform- not only in short distances¨. He also said ¨this is a period of lots of training and lots of work¨.

¨It´s a unique opportunity for Santander Bank to take Pontevedra to the World Championship level and a demonstration of our support for Galicia¨, said Charo García Alonso, director of Santander Bank Territorial in Galicia. ¨We are supporting sport intensely, and with this sponsorship we wish to get closer to the city of Pontevedra in a proactive way.¨ he said. In the words of Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, the mayor of the city, ¨this World Championships is a very important bolster, not only for Pontevedra, but also for Galicia. We are expecting 4000 athletes from all over the world and this implies huge effort in the organisation and the economy and the support from Santander Bank is fundamental for the championships to be held with all necessary guarantees. We are putting Pontevedra on the map and I hope the championships to be a great success. We are talking about an immediate return of millions of euros and a subsequent return when people who fall in love with the city come back in the future¨.

Santander Bank sponsors Pontevedra 2019 Multisport World Championships which will put World Champion titles into play in Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon, Aquabike, and Long Distance Triathlon, with participation from athletes from countries on five continents, including the five-time Olympic distance World Champion and 123aCorrer Santander Bank ambassador.