Havana (June 3) – Cuba has to date placed 403 athletes in 29 disciplines for the VXII Pan American Games in Toronto, a figure that could rise with 69 seats left to fill in track and field, swimming, diving and tennis.
José Antonio Miranda, director of High Performance Sport at the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), said Cuba will be represented by 202 men and 201 women athletes in Toronto from July 10 to 26.
23 Cuban athletes (11 women and 12 men) have already qualified in track and field along with four in swimming (1 and 3), but 54 more places are awaiting confirmation in the former, along with eight more divers and six tennis players.
The Toronto Games will serve as the qualifying matches for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 in track and field, swimming, diving, hockey, triathlon, cycling, water polo, modern pentathlon and shooting.
In Toronto, Cuba will also compete in basketball, baseball, boxing, canoeing, fencing, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, karate, weightlifting, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, synchronized swimming, rowing, softball, taekwondo, table tennis, sailing and volleyball.
Miranda also explained that the Toronto games will see 365 events in 36 sports, including 28 Olympic disciplines. Cuba will participate in 232 events, a number that could still rise as the qualification deadline is May 31Some 8,500 people from 41 countries are expected to be in Toronto for the Games, including nearly 6,200 athletes, and the INDER director assured that Cuba’s representatives are prepared to represent the country with dignity and enter the arena prepared to maintain the country’s second-place rank in the games.
Cuba has participated in every Pan American Games since they were first held in Argentina in 1951. As of the Guadalajara, Mexico Games in 2011 the country has accumulated a total 1,933 medals (833 gold, 565 silver and 530 bronze).
Author: Lisset Isabel Ricardo
May 26, 2015
The head of Cuba’s National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) Dr. Antonio Becali confirmed that “Cuba is aiming for second place among the countries at the XVII Pan American Games,” being held July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada.
“We set three competitive goals, each more conservative than the other, but from the analysis of our opponents, both the United States and the other powerhouses in the area, mainly Brazil and Canada, we can confirm that Cuba is aiming for second place,” he said.
He said Cuba is using the same method used to study the Central American and Caribbean Games held last year in Veracruz, based on input from the Commissioners of each sport, the technical and methodological departments and other experts.
“In Veracruz the previous strategy was fulfilled almost one hundred per cent: we had planned 124 gold medals and slightly less were won. We are now doing the same for Toronto,” he added.
In the history of the Pan American Games Cuba has been present in the previous 16 editions, with a total balance of 1933 medals won, including 838 gold, 565 silver and 530 bronze.(Radio Rebelde)