The postal service, Correos de Costa Rica, has come out with a four-stamp set honoring outstanding athletes. The first day of issue was Thursday, but postal officials did not hold a ceremony until Friday.
The stamps are generating a lot of sales, said workers in charge of that department, in part because Hanna Gabriels Valle, the world champion women’s boxer, is one of the featured athletes. She appeared at the main postal offices Friday. She has become an idol for young women in Costa Rica.
Also being honored are
• Nery Antonio Brenes Cárdenas, a Limón native who is considered to be among the 10 fastest in the world in the 400-meter race.
• Bryan Ruiz González, an Alajuelita native who is an outstanding soccer player and now is under contract in Europe after playing here for the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.
• Andrey Amador Bikkazakova, a San José resident, who is now competing in the Tour de France bicycle race.
Two of the stamps are 200 colons, about 40 U.S. cents, and two are 330 colons, about 66 cents. The layout was designed by Cristian Ramírez Vargas, who does many of the commemorative issues.