Luis Chocho, The First Coach Of Olympic Champion Jefferson Pérez And Figure Of The Development Of The March In Ecuador, Has Died | Other Sports | Sports

He trained several elite athletes in Azuay in the march.

February 17, 2021 – 08h26

Luis Chocho, a sports coach who trained great elite athletes such as Jefferson Pérez, Claudio Villanueva, Andrés Chocho, Míriam Ramón and Johanna Ordóñez, died early this Wednesday morning. COVID-19 ended his life at 64 years of age.


The first to spread the news was his son, Andrés Chocho, who wrote on his Facebook page: “Good evening friends. I am sorry to announce the passing of my dear father. Thank you all for your prayers.

Four days before Andrés published another message in which an apparent recovery of his health was shown. That day he wrote: “He is stable at home with oxygen therapy, responding positively to the treatment (…)”.

However, in the last hours his clinical picture was complicated until he died at the hospital of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS), in the Azuayan capital.

One of the most emotional messages spread on social networks was that of the double Olympic medalist Jefferson Pérez, who said that more than 30 years ago he met Luis Chocho and it was with him that he began to have his first triumphs. In a sense, a video that he disseminated on social networks asked people for a prayer for his soul and added: “For your contribution to the city, the province, the country, with the world of the march, of the formation of young people we will have you infinite gratitude”.

Luis Chocho (d) with Jefferson Pérez (c) in a photo from 1992, when the young athlete won bronze at the World Junior Athletics Championships. Photo: Archive

Likewise, the Ecuadorian Athletics Federation released a message through its twitter account: “𝐂𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐳𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐬 𝐞𝐥 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐞 𝐮𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐞 𝐚𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐚 𝐞𝐥 𝐄𝐜𝐮𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐫, 𝐞𝐥 𝐏𝐫of 𝐋𝐮𝐢𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐨 𝐒 𝐧𝐨𝐬 𝐡𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐣𝐚𝐝 or RIP”.

Luis Chocho Sanmartín was born in the Azuayan canton of Santa Isabel, on February 15, 1957, and throughout the years he received several recognitions for his career and training of young people. The Luis Chocho Marching School is located in the mother’s park, in the same place where the Azuay Sports Federation placed a bust in her honor. (I)