Saturday, 22 June 2019 07:38

Cuba Seeks to Surpass Toronto Ranking in Upcoming Lima Games

Written by Yosel E. Martínez Castellanos
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Cuba has already 397 athletes classified to the games in 28 sports


Havana, Cuba.- A few days remain for the start of America's sports festival: the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima and the Cuban delegation has completed a good preparation in order to face a highly competitive challenge event.

Cuba has already 397 athletes classified to the games in 28 sports. The delegation could increase to 425, since the registrations of 28 more representatives of track and field and tennis are yet to be confirmed.

According to the 31st National Preparation Seminar for the 2019-2020 Academic Year, held at the Convention Center of Cojímar, the Pan-American Games of Lima represent a high level scenario where multiple Olympic and World champions will attend since 19 of the 39 registered sports will confer direct places for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

According to Jorge Polo Vázquez, Vice-President of the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER by its Spanish initials), the Cuban representation must achieve an efficiency of above 80%, as an attempt to overcome the number of medals achieved in Toronto 2015 (36 gold, 27 silver and 34 bronze medals). About the real possibilities of the athletes, the directive argued that the design of the training plans of each discipline has been evaluated monthly, enhancing the technical-methodological work in coordination with the Institute of Sports Medicine.

Polo Vázquez reported that, according to analysis carried out on the athletes composing the Cuban delegation, 44 athletes distributed in 13 sports have potential to win gold medal options; 21 athletes or collective disciplines in 11 sports have prospects of winning silver medals and 101 athletes in 23 sports could achieve bronze. Lima will host 419 events (Cuba will take part in 279).

Surpassing the 36 titles and the fourth place by countries in Toronto 2015 is possible since, according to Polo Vázquez, we have studied the rivals and prepared our athletes accordingly. In the last year, Cuba competed in more than one hundred international events, earning 95 gold metals.

The 28th Pan American Games will mark the arrival of the 900 gold medal for the Cuban delegation, which currently have 874 golden medals and holds the second position by countries after the United States (1,948 gold medals) and before Canada (456).

The seminar was chaired by the member of the Secretariat of the Party Central Committee Olga Lidia Tapia and the president of the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Osvaldo Vento. (Granma)

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