VALLADOLID, 24 Feb. () –
He salmantino physiotherapist of the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) Angel Basas and his son Carlos they have died as a result of a traffic accident in New Zealand.
This was announced this Friday by the RFEA and the Castilian-Leonese Federation, who have explained that Basas, who had just turned 55, was “once again” helping Spanish athletes in an international Championship.
Two weeks ago, he accompanied the cross-country team to the Bathurst World Championships (Australia) as a physio, where his son Carlos was present as a volunteer. About to celebrate his 25th birthday, father and son stayed for a few days in the Antipodes and traveled to New Zealand, where the accident took place on February 24, 2023.
Both the RFEA and the Autonomous Federation have conveyed their deepest condolences to the family and friends, as have the Spanish Olympic Committee and the president of the Castilla y León Regional Government, Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, a countryman, through social networks. from Salamanca by Ángel Basas.
According to the Federation, Basas was responsible for physiotherapy for the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation, physiotherapist for the Spanish Olympic Committee in eight Olympic Games, director of the Olympia Quirónsalud Physiotherapy Department, adviser to the Royal Gymnastics Federation and the Spanish Paralympic Committee.
He has also worked as a teacher and speaker, but the federation points out that “beyond that, he has left his mark on each and every one of the people who have crossed his path.”
They also remember that Basas lived a “passion for athletics” and for sport, and thus he competed in his youth as a triple jumper, a discipline –the triple jump– in which he became champion of Spain both outdoors and on the indoor track. in the sub 23 category.
Later, he dedicated his life “to improving that of others, to helping athletes recover, to return to practicing their sport with the best guarantees” and became “the physio for which many wanted to be sports physiotherapists”.
His son Carlos, who would have turned 25 next Tuesday, was also “passionate” about athletics and had followed in the footsteps of Ángel Basas, since he was a Level 2 RFEA and Madrid Federation judge and had already begun to be part of the RFEA team of physiotherapists.