Portimão honors Luís Costa for qualifying for the Paralympics

Sportsman was 8th in the H5 class time trial during the Paracycling World Championships and European runner-up in the 10,6 km time trial of the same class

This Friday, July 16th, the Portimão Chamber paid homage to the paracyclist Luís Costa for the qualification he achieved for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. 

The athlete, who was 8th in the H5 time trial during the Paracycling World Championships and European vice-champion in the 10,6 km time trial of the same class, received a trophy from the hands of the mayor of Portimão Isilda Gomes in the form of sardines: symbol of the city.

On the occasion, the mayor highlighted the fact that «Portimão, even going through difficult times, has always found a way out, because the people of Portimão are resilient and fighters, as exemplified by Luís Costa, an example for everyone».

«I can only feel grateful, proud and happy for this Paralympic qualification, wishing you to have the best possible results, given that your presence is, from now on, the recognition that this is a very high level athlete. ", underlined the mayor, for whom "there are few who manage to reach this level".

According to Isilda Gomes, «regardless of the result he has, Luís knows that we will receive him with open arms and with the same pride that we feel at this moment when we are wishing him a good trip and asking him to do the best he can, representing the our city, whose name will already be mentioned just because it represents Portugal in Tokyo».

“It's a pity that sometimes people aren't as valued as they should be, but we'll be here to echo Luís Costa's heroic deeds, because he's a hero and I know he's going to do whatever he wants in Japan. knows how to do better – practice his sport». stressed the president.

One of Portimão's ambassadors during the European City of Sport 2019, the paracyclist thanked the tribute and guaranteed that he will give his best to feel worthy of this symbolic distinction.