Saying that winning the 2023 IWGA Athlete of the Year Award has brought Conrrado Moscoso and his country, Bolivia, “great joy”, is an understatement. The Pan American Games medallist gets a motivational kick to achieve greater goals in 2024.
In the wake of topping the final Athlete of the Year Award ranking with no less than 75,300 votes in the final round, Moscoso reflects: “The truth is that the first place was very close, but I am very happy to have received the support of so many people.”
“This recognition is a great motivation which only leaves me wanting to give it all for the 2024 season and make it more than perfect.”
Racquetball is very popular throughout the South American continent, and it showed in the results. But Moscoso, current leader of the IRF World Ranking, dreams for more:
“In my country and in the entire American continent Racquetball is very well known, and with this Award, I am convinced that my sport and my country is getting broader and wider recognition.”
“My country and my community have shown support from the very early stage of the contest, when the voting started in January this year. However, the last round was very tight. I tried to inform my supporters that I was nominated, that they should help me to fulfil this dream, because it depended more on them than on me. I awaited with great expectation the end of the competition, it was very exciting,” confessed the 28 years-old.
In challenging times, family and close entourage always prove to be the most important support network to successful athletes. But glorious moments as this one make everyone incredibly proud.
“My parents are my driving force and my biggest motivation to this day. Thanks to them, I am who I am and what I have been able to achieve. They lived this nomination with great joy, and even more knowing that I was among the best hopes for my sport. But above all, the support of my country and the Racquetball community was everything to me!”
Looking at 2024, Moscoso said: “This Award has definitely motivated me and made me more determined than ever to make this year even better than 2023. It is important to always have fun, no matter how hard it gets, always believe in your dreams; no matter how far they may seem, you have to keep going. This is the only way to achieve your goals.”
“I am hoping to build on this achievement and continue on the same exponential path. I hope to be able to compete at the IRF World Racquetball Championship, keep improving in 2024 and qualify for The World Games Chengdu 2025 to give my best once again.”
Off to a great start, Moscoso gratefully concluded: “Finally, I want to thank the International Racquetball Federation and the International World Games Association for the opportunity, and above all the Racquetball fans and all of Bolivia for having achieved this together.”
The International World Games Association (IWGA) is a non-profit-making international sports organisation recognised and supported by the International Olympic Committee. The IWGA comprises 38 International Member Sports Federations. It administers and promotes The World Games (TWG), a multi-sport event held every four years that features around 35 sports on its programme. The next edition of TWG will be in Chengdu (CHN) from 7-17 August 2025. 5,000 participants from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in this 12th edition. The latest Games were hosted by Birmingham, Alabama (USA).