Last week at the IJF Training Center Cancun Mexico, the training camp led by the Olympic medalists Israel Hernández CUB (Bronze Atlanta 1996) and Travis Stevens USA (Silver Rio 2016) was held.
The camp from April 17 to 24 had the participation of 24 athletes from different countries such as the United States (Project 2024), Mexico, Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago.
The teams from Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago are in preparation for the Pan-American Championship that will take place from the 25th to the 28th of this month in the city of Lima Peru, this qualifying event for Pan American Games Lima 2019 and scoring for the ranking of Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The 2024 project came with athletes with Olympic perspectives for Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, it is a long-term project that promises to pay off in these Olympic events.
Chris Skelley, team manager and Co-Founder of the 2024 Project, said: " Just want to say how pleased we are with our accommodations and the training facilities here in Cancun Mexico
This is our first “week long” international training camp for Project 2024, with 11 cadet/junior athletes attending, and representing a variety of clubs across the country, Nanka Yudanshiki – California, Pedro’Judo Center –Boston, Yawara Force - Philadelphia, Ki-itsu-sai- Florida and Skelley Judo - New Jersey.
We are very happy to have reached from coast to coast having athletes from many different clubs attend.
Coaches Travis Stevens and Israel Hernandez have done a great job pulling this group together both on and off the mat.
We are creating a team atmosphere and a winning mind set. Both have shared their experiences and sending a message of “what it takes to be a champion”.
This is just the beginning of a long road in developing.
Project 2024 would like to thank the IJF and Mexican Judo Federation for this wonderful opportunity. We are looking to return again hopefully in August Thank you! "
Olympic medalist and coach Project Travis Stevens said: " I appreciate this opportunity from the IJF and MJF and this International Training center.
This is a unique opportunity for Project 2024 and we took full advantage of all the services and amenities.
IJF sports physiologist
We rarely had the opportunity to live and train together.
Every morning we had a 6 am secession at the Olympic Track and Field, eat breakfast, lunch and dinner as a team, we were very happy with the selection of food and the staff was extremely accommodating to our needs.
We accomplished a lot in the short 5-day stay in Mexico.
Since everything thing was on campus we were able to be productive
Looking forward to returning "concluded the champion Pan-American games in Rio 2007.
The International Judo Federation reopens the "IJF Training Center Cancun Mexico" after having its headquarters in Mexico City; looking to be one of the best training options not only at Pan American level.
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Cancun is a unique city. The warm white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters, along with the famous Mexican hospitality, make this the best training destination.
It should be noted that the IJF Training Center is the only international high performance center in Mexico of any sport.