NPP Candidate Proposes Naming Street Across Choliseo ‘Mónica Puig’
SAN JUAN – Mercedes Gauthier, a New Progressive Party (NPP) candidate for House representative, has proposed changing the name of the street in front of the Puerto Rico Coliseum to Mónica Puig, the Puerto Rican tennis player and Olympic gold medalist.
“She has filled us with hope. Her feat has given us a new sense of ‘querer es poder’ [which translates roughly to ‘If you truly want it you can have it’], and that is something you cannot measure on a scale. That is why, for uniting an entire country in celebration, we believe it worthy to confer this recognition to Mónica, an athlete for the history books,” Gauthier said.
The candidate explained that “the stretch of Juan Calaf Street right across the coliseum [aka as Choliseo], is an ideal recognition for the only Puerto Rican athlete to date to bring a gold medal to Puerto Rico.”
“The Choliseo is where many big events are carried out, artistic as well as athletic ones. There have even been tennis games. It would be an honor to recognize the great and historic feat of Mónica Puig by naming that stretch of Juan Calaf Street after her. We are convinced the people will back this initiative,” the politician said.
Gauthier did not dismiss the idea of filing a bill, through the citizen participation mechanism, for the proposal to be considered during one of the extraordinary legislative sessions Gov. Alejandro García Padilla has said he will convene in the next few months.
“We always honor our athletes posthumously; we have an opportunity to change that. Let’s let our athletes know that their deeds are not just celebrated by an entire country, they are also engraved in our history. This designation would be a small tribute to a historic feat,” the candidate added.