Spanish swimmer Fernando Alvarez held an unsanctioned a minute of silence in memory of victims of terrorist attacks in the country before the swim veterans on the 200 m breaststroke at the world masters Championships World Masters Championships in Budapest.
As reported “Interfax” with reference to Spanish newspaper AS, pre-Alvarez asked the International swimming Federation to organize the minute of silence, but was refused.
In the end, he started a minute after the rest of the participants in the swim, standing this time on the edge of the pool.
“I started a minute after all, but it didn’t bother me. In this situation, I felt better than if I would have won the gold medal,” commented Alvarez his action.
The result of the two terrorist attacksthat occurred in Catalonia last week, 15 people died and over 100 were injured.