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Aguada to receive remains of deceased Olympian ‘Chavalillo’ Delgado on Thursday

A remembrance ceremony for 1956 Olympian Ismael “Chavalillo” Delgado will take place Thursday at the coliseum in Aguada that bears his name.

By The Star Staff

Aguada Mayor Christian Cortés Feliciano announced Tuesday that the family of the recently deceased Olympian Ismael “Chavalillo” Delgado agreed with the municipality to officially receive the remains of the beloved athlete, who died recently in the mainland United States.

“This Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 in the morning we will meet in the Assembly Hall of the Coliseum that bears his name, to pay a well-deserved tribute to Chavalillo,” Cortés Feliciano said. “The family has brought his ashes for this occasion, where we will hold an act of remembrance, with a message from his loved ones. Memorabilia of the athlete and soldier will also be on display.”

Delgado represented Puerto Rico in the 4x400 relay event at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games in Australia. He was also part of the 4x400 relay team at the 1950 and 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games, winning a silver medal in 1954. He also represented Puerto Rico at the 1955 Pan American Games.

From 1966 to 1970, Delgado was vice president of the International Softball Federation. In 1979, he was technical director of athletics at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, and from 1971 to 1979 he was secretary general of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee, commonly known by its Spanish acronym COPUR. He was also vice president of the Central American and Caribbean Confederation in track & field.

The Aguada coliseum that bears Delgado’s name is currently undergoing an extensive, million-dollar renovation. Cortés Feliciano said he hopes the facilities will be ready by the middle of next year, “and it will be a tribute to those who have served as an example to their community and to the youth of the importance that sport has in the life of the people.”

The investment of $1,266,661 comes from municipal funds, insurance claims, and federal entities such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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