CWG 2022: Refugee wrestler leads Canada’s hopes in battle for supremacy in wrestling with India

Although there is no separate contingent or team of refugee players participating in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, there are athletes who have sought asylum in other countries and have now turned to medal hopes for their adopted nation.

Ana Godínez González was a sportswoman who immigrated to Canada from Mexico at a very young age and has now become her main hope and medal contender in wrestling.

According to her, she thought she was going to Disneyland when her father told her that the family was spending a week on vacation with Mickey, Minnie and company at the Magic Kingdom – in fact they fled their native Mexico for their own safety. Were going to start a new life in Canada.

Godinez Gonzalez was seven years old when her world was turned upside down. She arrived in Canada without any friends and barely a word of English, but 16 years later, she is representing her adopted country in the 62kg wrestling division at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. He is one of the favorites for sleeping.

The family owned a car dealership and an ice cream business in Aguascalientes, central Mexico, but corruption was rampant.

“One day some people called and said, ‘If you don’t give us money or a car, we’re going to kidnap your kids,'” Godinez Gonzalez said. “They knew where we lived and went to school.

“My dad decided not to tell us where we were going. He said, ‘We’re going on vacation to Disneyland.’ And then we landed in Canada.

“My older sister was 15. She had a boyfriend and school friends, and she used to do judo. It was hard for her.

“When we first came to Canada my dad hired a bodyguard. He paid for his entire trip — everything — to take care of us.

“Once we landed we ended up staying in a hotel in a very nice area. It was a party place. We stayed there for six months with zero English.

“We had no friends, we were just trying to do our movements. When we were playing we tried to communicate with signals,” the Games News Service quoted him as saying.

Godinez González soon joined Surrey, British Columbia, and immersed himself in the sport. In May, she won the Pan American Wrestling Championships in the 62kg category – an older sister Carla won 55kg gold – and Anna is also the under-23 world champion.

“I never thought I would travel the world,” said Godínez González. “I thought I was going to live in Mexico for the rest of my life. I didn’t even know there was so much to see in the world.

“I had no idea you could make a career out of sports. We were street kids in Mexico trying to buy ice cream from people in cars.

“It’s another world where I am now. I’m excited to compete here. I didn’t know the Commonwealth Games existed until earlier this year.”

Wrestling in Birmingham 2022 will take place at Coventry Arena on 5-6 August. There are 12 weight classes, six for men and six for women, all in freestyle.

Canada and India have dominated the wrestling competitions of the Commonwealth Games since the sport’s introduction in 1930 at the inaugural Games in Hamilton, Canada.

Canada has won 135 medals, 66 gold, 43 silver and 26 bronze medals. India has won 102 medals, 43 gold, 37 silver and 22 bronze medals.

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