On February 23, 2018 the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) arrived at its 57th Anniversary, with the main goal of continuing to pay tribute to the health, welfare, pride and identity of our people.
For the occasion, the president of the Organization, Dr. C. Antonio E. Becali Garrido, addressed a message to the athletes and workers that make up the Cuban sports system. His message goes beyond those limits and is good for all those who have collaborated in the building of this formidable work.
The celebrations were dedicated to Fidel Castro, convinced of that maxim so many times raised: “Without Revolution, we could not have even dreamed of developing in our homeland a great sports movement.”
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE INDER
“Only after the revolutionary triumph, amidst the many tasks demanded by those moments full of tensions, was the Directorate General of Sports created.
It happened on January 13, 1959, with the captain of the Rebel Army Felipe Guerra Matos in front, and it became a clear expression of the priority assigned to the sector by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.
The facilities were opened to the people and a movement called to greater reach began to be forged with the emergence of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder).
Endorsed by Law 936 of February 23, 1961, its foundation made it possible to provide a more integrative perspective with the objective of multiplying the state’s interest in an activity that generates icons, joys and quality of life.
The challenge was to bring sports and recreation to schools and rural areas, workplaces and neighborhoods, design a competitive calendar for different levels, ensure the best use of scenarios and other resources, create a system for teacher training and improvement. ..
“The Revolution has to deal with physical education and sport as a fundamental issue for the country,” said Fidel months later, the architect of everything achieved in these years of efforts and efforts awarded with recognition of the work erected.
Dissatisfaction subsists, and it is good that this is so, but the feats that shook the island abound, and the examples that place physical activity as its main source of health promotion.
Endowed with a solid athletic culture, the Cuban people know the silver with which Enrique Figuerola inscribed the revolutionary sport in the Olympic medals, the initial golds of Orlandito, Correa and Teófilo, the doubloon of Juantorena, the homers of Linares, the finishing touches of Mireya …
As he recognizes the heroicity wasted during the crossing of Cerro Pelado, he cried virile to the fencers – victims of the sabotage perpetrated by our enemies – reveres the teaching of Alcides and Eugenio and applauds the passion with which thousands of collaborators have worked in the five continents …
The same thing that vibrates with dignified responses to provocations and aggressions, and reflects in all its magnitude the successes of disabled competitors, the range of a medicine extended to the whole country, a system of vital education in the applied conception and the permanent attention to its glories.
Because it is known center and main recipient of this unique system, which prioritizes man and its values over the prizes, gave Physical Education the place it deserves as a subject, trains professionals from different countries and has created a human potential of incalculable scope , key to sustaining dreams in times of economic restrictions.
It is the fruit of an intense battle, fought on many fronts by men and women who today, 57 years after the birth of Inder, are part of its history.
Those who are and those who no longer. Who founded and those who arrived later. All those who made contributions and did not falter.
Dr. C. Antonio E. Becali Garrido