Hello, my name is Georni Jaramillo. I am a Venezuelan athlete who competes in the men’s decathlon. I’m currently based in Caracas, Venezuela where I work and train. I have been representing Venezuela since I was 17 years old, when I was placed second in the 2006 South American Youth Championships.
I have always been passionate in athletics and spent more than half of my life getting involved in national and international athletics championships. In 2010, I won 1st place in 4x400m relay at the 2010 South American U23 Championships. Since then, I’ve won quite a number of gold and silver medals at South American Championships, South American Games, Pan American Games, Ibero-American Championships, Central American and Carribean Games, and ALBA Games.
Last year, I won the gold medal at the 2018 South American Games in a new national record of 7977 points which made me qualify for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships that took place in Doha, Qatar.
After competing in a fair amount of championships for almost two decades, I am now looking forward to take my achievement to the next level, the Olympics. Unfortunately, as everyone knows, my country Venezuela is facing an unprecedented economic and political crisis marked by corruption, hyperinflation as well as severe food and medicine shortages. This situation indirectly gives negative impacts to me as a national athlete.
How? In the financial aspect that leads to the lack of training facilities and supports. I no longer have proper training facilities since the government has shut down the track where I used to train in Caracas, which serves as the most appropriate training ground for decathlon (with facilities for combined decathlon tests). Concurrently, the country doesn’t have other track with the same condition for decathlon training, which ‘forced’ me to look for another place to train outside of the country and needless to say, it is going to cost me a fortune. What’s more, athletics supplies are not enough for me and other athletes to train. For years, I have been using the same old sports equipment. I am in need of a new set of garrochas, owing to the fact that the one I have been using is not in the right measurement and of course, has an impact to my training.
In spite of this, I made my way to Doha for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.
The economic crisis does not exhaust me from achieving my ultimate goal: to be the first Venezuelan decathlete to compete in the Olympics and escape from the Venezuela’s hardship. I am just one step closer to be on the list of 24 athletes to compete in the Tokyo 2020.
In order to be on the 24 athletes list, I will have to compete in the South American Games next year and collect the necessary points to compete for my nation’s Olympic team. With the help from you, I would be able to train and achieve my dreams to make my family, friends, my country and all of you proud of me. However, I am currently unfunded, hence the reason for this crowdfunding. I am humbly asking for your help to consider even the littlest donation. My intention is to raise €15,000, the amount that would aid to cover the cost of my training, sports equipment and flight tickets to go training and to the competitions outside of Venezuela. Your donations would make it possible for me to achieve my dream to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, simultaneously creating an opportunity for Venezuela to stand in the eyes of the world.
I would be really grateful if you can help spread the word by sharing this page. If you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities to work together, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]. Thank you for your contributions!