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Not all wrestlers are in favor, stating procedures to avoid the spread of the coronavirus are not being followed.
At least 30 Mexican wrestlers lost their lives to COVID-19 in May and June, according to the Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
” I do not agree with those underground fights,” said El Fantasma. “I dont think they have actually appropriate measures put in location.”.
Reporting by Diego Ore; Additional reporting by Alberto Fajardo; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Rosalba OBrien.
Several months into the pandemic, the arenas that would normally draw countless rowdy spectators enjoying the countrys free-style fumbling, referred to as Lucha Libre, have actually remained closed.
Lucha Libre is one of Mexicos most popular sports and a tourist magnet, featuring masked fighters who record the publics imagination with their mysterious identities and eccentric efficiencies.
The sport utilizes in between 5,000 and 7,000 wrestlers, the majority of whom do not have health insurance or a pension, according to associations that represent them.
Other sports like soccer resumed last month without live audiences. Lucha Libre produces most of its earnings from box office sales.
” Its hit us because all rings, arenas and health clubs, whatever has actually closed,” stated 59-year-old veteran fighter Octagon, worn his trademark black robe and mask.
” If we do not combat, we do not make,” he stated. “We thought this was going to last three or 4 weeks, and weve been here for nearly four months.”
SHOT OF AID
In June, Octagon, who established and heads the National Association of Independent Professional Wrestlers, introduced a Shot of Aid campaign. Utilizing earnings from the auction of wrestlers masks, attire and other items, the program supplies out-of-work wrestlers and boxers with food loaded with provisions.
Another popular masked wrestler, El Fantasma – a character inspired by U.S. experience cartoon “The Phantom” – stated the Mexico City Boxing and Wrestling Commission he heads has dispersed more than 1,000 food boxes to unemployed associates.
Sandra Gonzalez, a 50-year-old wrestler otherwise called Lady Apache, said such handouts were not enough.
” We do not need a food shipment, we require … a loan,” she stated.
More than a lots wrestlers informed Reuters they were seeing their savings dwindle.
” Fortunately I had savings, however not any longer,” said wrestler Super Elektra, who also works as an oral specialist but has actually been not able to return to either of his jobs.
World Wrestling Council and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, which promote and run the sport, have actually said specialists will continue to be paid. The wrestlers that Reuters talked to said such payments did not reach everybody.
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide plans to launch a format that would permit viewers to view from their cars, akin to a drive-in film theater.
In the meantime, misery has actually led some wrestlers to organize matches without a live audience that are broadcast over the internet for a contribution of 30 pesos ($ 1.30) per viewer.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexicos famous masked wrestlers have been financially body-slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, with some resorting to food parcels or even underground battles to survive a ban on sporting events.
A masked wrestler “Fantasma,” (R) President of the Mexico City Lucha Libre Commission and fellow masked wrestlers are visualized prior to they get food parcels contributed by a regional supermarket to wrestlers who are dealing with hard times as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) break out continues in Mexico City August 3, 2020. Image taken August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero