There are journalists and storytellers who are irretrievably associated with the sports they broadcast. It happens in football with voices like Carlos Martínez or Manolo Lama, in Formula 1 with Antonio Lobato or formerly with Andres Montes and the NBA. The voice of gymnastics and specifically the rhythmic is, at least so far, that of River dove.
The veteran journalist from TVE faces the final stretch of his career before retirement and those of Tokyo 2020 have been his last Olympic Games. For his support of women’s sport, Del Río has been a fundamental figure beyond what happened on the tapestry and that has been the focus of the gratitude he has dedicated to him. Almudena Cid, of which the narrator herself counted countless successes.
Through tears, the former gymnast dedicated some emotional words to him. “I don’t know if it’s your last broadcast, because I kissed the tapestry twice, and that means we don’t know what’s going to happen. I want to thank you for the space that you have always given to women’s minority sport. Thanks to you, sports have had a voice and place that we have to look at in the last pages of the newspapers and that spend very little time on the news. You have been able to give voice to many athletes and you are the soundtrack of our lives, “said a very emotional Cid.
Surprised and also with the tears welling up while writing down the last scores of the champion, Bulgaria. “This will be, except for surprise, the last Olympic gymnastics broadcast that I am going to do. In two months we have the World Cup and I have the ceremony left. Everything in this life begins and ends. I have been very happy doing the Olympic Games. I never thought that I would be in these circumstances and I just want to thank people for the love they send me, in gymnastics and minority sports. If something has been worth the effort, go ahead. Thank you very much, Almu, for accompanying me on this trip, which has been seven Olympic Games with you, “said Del Río, totally broken while Cid took her hand, before trying to compose herself to relate the final result.
Without mincing words
Paloma del Río is one of those journalists who are not afraid to express their opinion. LGTBI reference, Her defense of women’s sport has earned her numerous recognitions but also some criticism for her opinions, especially towards the referees. Until the last few days, he has faced those who attacked him, also on social networks.
An example is this message addressed to those who accused her of wanting Russian gymnasts not to win.
Let’s see, let’s be clear: I’ve been broadcasting for 35 years. If there are no Spaniards in between, I do not care who wins exactly, I have neither philias nor phobias. I am neither pro nor anti anyone. It is clear? Well that … I read everything#rythmicgymnastics
– palomadelrioTVE (@PalomadelrioTVE) August 7, 2021