By Jorge Carlos De la Paz Espinosa
The application of scientific knowledge for the development of sports is vital to raising the global prestige of this highly important sector for the country.
On this basis, the Cuban Sports Scientific Research Center (CIDC) was inaugurated on Wednesday, September 21, dedicated to generating knowledge for the benefit of sport.
The opening ceremony was presided by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, a member of the Party Central Committee Political Bureau, and first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, as well as José Ramón Fernández, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee.
Located near to the Manuel Fajardo University of Physical Culture and Sports, the Center was described by its director, René Romero DSc, as “a great scientific work of Cuban sport.”
According to Romero the CIDC will have a staff of 14 researchers working across four of the most important branches of the sector: technology; morpho-functional control; mechanics and technical development – all connected through a methodological office.
“We are working around specific diagnostics which will be undertaken in key areas for Cuban sport: high performance, sports for all, community sports, and development of human capital,” stated the director.
The institution will soon begin working with Cuban athletes, providing differentiated treatment tailored to their particular talent.
The Center – the fourth of its kind on the continent – will also focus on developing specialized production lines and manufacturing new technologies, such as automated programs and equipment to aid training.
The CIDC aims to become a reference center for sports research, working to meet technological demands linked to the sector, in both the national and international arena. “It is the fulfillment of a dream of all those who have passed through different stages in the process of sports training and education,” stated Romero.
Also participating in the inauguration were Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesias, a member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat; Antonio Becali, president of the Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation; and leaders of mass organizations, athletes, and legendary figures of Cuban sport.