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Adiaratou Iglesias Forneiro

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Residence
Lugo, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport as a teenager in Lugo, Spain.
Why this sport?
She dreamed about being an athlete since she was a young child. "I like it because it makes me feel good."
Club / Team
Lucus Caixa Rural Galega: Lugo, ESP
Name of coach
Adolfo Vila [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Adi ["Because people do not know how to pronounce my name."] (elpais.com, 09 Sep 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Drawing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (elprogreso.es, 18 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She has 21% of her vision due to albinism. The condition also means her eyes have problems focusing. (elpais.com, 09 Sep 2019; elprogreso.es, 16 Dec 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; elprogreso.es, 18 Nov 2019)
Other information
FROM MALI TO SPAIN
She was born in Mali and at age 11 moved to Spain to live with her step brother. In 2014 she was adopted by a Spanish woman and relocated to Lugo, Spain. "I arrived in Spain in 2010 to live with some family members in Logrono, but things didn't go as planned and I ended up in a foster care centre where I spent two years. That's where my mother became interested in adopting me. I came to Lugo to meet her, to get to know the city and the atmosphere and the first impression was great. I liked everything from the first minute." (Servizio de Audiovisuais da Deputacion de Lugo YouTube channel, 25 Sep 2019; elpais.com, 09 Sep 2019; lavozdegalicia.es, 20 Oct 2019)

LEAVING AFRICA
She says one of the main factors behind her decision to leave Mali at age 11 was the negative superstitions surrounding albinism in the country. "They are superstitious, they say we [albinos] cause bad luck and if you carry with you hair or a bone of an albino you will have good luck. That's why they murder people with this genetic disorder." (lavozdegalicia.es, 20 Oct 2019)

RUNNING REFERENCES
She uses visual reference points on the track to help guide her during races. "In almost all of the tracks there is a stand for the judges right before the finish line that I take as a reference to extend my body. If there isn't one I look at a competitor who's next to me. If I run in lanes one or eight there's a good chance I will run off the track." (lavozdegalicia.es, 20 Oct 2019)