The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Cuban team will add to the atmosphere of the VIII Indoor Football World Cup Finals Colombia-2016, scheduled to run from September 10 to October 1 next. This will be their fifth time to participate in the event first held in Holland in 1989.
The charismatic Cuban athlete, retired hammer-thrower Yipsi Moreno, is to be awarded the Beijing 2008 Olympic title -- a deserved reward for an outstanding career – following the disqualification for doping of the Belarusian champion, Aksana Miankova.
Robeisy Ramírez’s success in the second last qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, has ensured that Cuba can send a full men’s boxing team to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Despite the absence of many top athletes, the Barrientis Memorial the stars of which were the young long-jumper Maikel Massó and sprinter Roberto Skyers demonstrated the high international standing of Cuban track and field athletics.
With a few qualifying events still remaining, by the month of May, 86 Cuban athletes had qualified for the Rio de Janeiro-2016 Olympic Games, scheduled to run between August 5 and 21, with a total of 10,500 athletes from 206 countries taking part.
The inclusion of a baseball team from Cuba in the Independent Can-Am league is now a done deal.
By winning 7 of a possible 14 gold medals, Brazil took the nations title at the Pan-American Judo Championships, that took place in Havana on April 29 and 30.
The Ciego de Ávila Tigers once again became the winners of the Cuban baseball series, consolidating their dynasty in the national sport after defeating Los Vegueros de Pinar del Río team in the finals, 4:3.
With three representatives and its sights set on the medal table, the Cuban gymnastics team will attend the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil, from August 5 to 21.
After overcoming some difficulties and early disqualifications in important events, Cuban Osleni Guerrero met expectations and won the title at the Giraldilla International Badminton Tournament held in Havana.
Almost 60 years of the vigorous blockade has not quenched the desires of either the Cuban or the U.S people to translate geographic proximity into human warmth and friendship. Two governments of glaringly contradictory ideologies, that had maintained a face-off for decades and has been somewhat relaxed over thepast two years, put their political differences aside in order to continue their approximation.
Even though Cuba’s principal athletes, Yarisley Silva and Pedro Pablo Pichardo did not participate, a lot more had been expected of those who represented the Island at the XVI World Indoor Track Championships in Portland, United States, where the worst results in recent years were recorded.
Tampa Bay Rays, with all its stars and the Cuban national team will play a friendly match of baseball in the Latin American park of Havana, a duel that will make history, although undoubtedly, the figure in situ of the president of the United States, Barack Obama, will rob the majority of the flashes.
The art of controlling a soccer ball with any part of the body entails technical skill and juggling, training and tenacity, confidence and courage. This is a typical skill that many gifted soccer players have, but if the show takes place in a swimming pool where the person is floating and hitting the ball with their head, then we may call it a miracle.
Held in February, the Pan-American Cup Triathlon and the Ibero-American Triathlon Championship, Havana-2016, demonstrated that Cuba is an ideal venue for a sport that is becoming ever more popular around the world.
Cuba’s victory in the indoor- football (futsal in Spanish) Caribbean Tournament held in Havana, has consolidated its position as a regional force with a real possibility of making a mark at the Pre-World championships in Costa Rica next May.
Judokas from four Latin American countries made firm steps towards qualifying for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro-2016 Olympic Games, having ranked among the best athletes during the Second Grand Prix of Judo held recently in Havana.
The Cuban footballers Maykel Reyes and Abel Martínez recently signed contracts in Havana which officially link them to the Mexican football club Cruz Azul.
Cuba has 58 athletes across nine sports who have qualified for the XXI Olympic Games to be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21.
Cuba’s world and Pan-American titleholder, the polevaulter Yarisley Silva, said she hopes to jump higher than five meters in the upcoming season.
Speaking in Havana, renowned Brazilian sports psychologist Regina Brandao of the San Judas Tadeus University, said that of the 2,029 Brazilian footballers signed to overseas clubs over the past two years, 683 (33%) had returned to the country.
Next February 13 and 14, the Cuban capital Havana will for the second time, host the Pan-American Cup and Spanish- American Triathlon Championship, a sport that is growing in popularity on the Island.
Ten years after having won the World Boxing Championships by country for the last time, Cuba ecovered her crown at the Doha-2015 tournament with four gold medals, two silvers and one bronze.
Between next December 5 and 11, Cuba will for the first time host one of cycling‘s most spectacular events: ‘The Tropics of Titan’ of mountain biking will be competed for on a route in the northern coastal provinces of Artemisa and Pinar del Rio.
Divers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who have world potential, will participate in the Pan American junior Championships which will take place in the western Cuban province of Matanzas from October 8-11.
Cuban football faces something like the mythical task of Sisyphus, who eternally had to start again at the bottom of a hill he endeavored to conquest, every hopeful moment shadowed by a further setback.
Ten years have passed since kayaker Yusmari Mengana got in a boat without the remotest thought that this might become a defining moment of destiny. Just ten years old and encouraged by trainers, who had identified her potential, she commenced a journey that has not yet been concluded.
An impressive start by Cuba in the recently concluded World Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas, concluded with many wanting more medals, or at least being awarded their ticket to the Rio de Janeiro-2016 Olympics.
The Cuban boxers’ performance was almost perfect in the Pre-World Tournament held at the end of August in the Venezuelan state of Vargas, where the largest of the Antilles conquered seven out of the10 crowns in dispute, with barely three defeats in 30 combats.
Many were the surprises given by the recently concluded 15th Athletics World Championship Beijing-2015, with highlights for Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Sally-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Colombian Caterine Ibargüen, Briton Mo Farah and Kenyan athletes, leaders of the Medal List.
The soaring interest in football in Cuba does not discriminate sexually, women here enjoy and play “the beautiful game” and dare to dream of Olympic or World Cup glory...or at the very least of a crowd turning up to watch them play.
The results of the participation of the masses in sport in Cuba could once again be seen at the Pan-American Games in Canada, Toronto-2015, where medal winners hailed from all over the island.
Holding on to their traditional second place in the Pan American Games is the greatest challenge facing Cuba in the 17th edition of the continental competitions, running in Toronto from July 10 to 26.
The simple fact that Brazil is attending the Toronto Pan American Games with its second largest ever delegation demonstrates that the South American nation is clearly intent on showing its sporting muscle just one year away from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
However modest the results obtained by their team of 700 athletes registered to compete in the Toronto Games may be, Canada remains irremovable from third place in the all-time Pan American Games´ medal table.
Marabana director general, Carlos Gattorno, said that the now traditional marathon has overtaken its own record of foreign participants.
Cuba‘s ambition to retain second place at the medal table at the Pan American games will be difficult to realize in the forthcoming 17th edition, scheduled to run from July 10 to 26 in the Canadian city of Toronto.
In a country renowned for baseball parexcellence, a love of football, played on improvised pitches with home-made balls of a quality that reveals the dreams and realities of the children and adolescents who kick them about, is growing in parallel.
It did not enter into the wildest dreams of the founders of the Pan-American Games that their world of continental sports would become such an increasingly transcendental cyclical forum for cultural, social and even political expression.
More than two months have passed since presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama made their historic statements about bilateral relations, but a supposed fast-track for Cuban baseball players to play in United States Leagues is still but a pipe dream.
Long before the efforts to bring baseball into the Olympic Games´ program became known, the annals of sports history had recorded its inclusion in the first Pan American Games, hosted by Buenos Aires in 1951.
Having regained the top position in the recent Central American and Caribbean Games, Cuban athletes are now gearing up to overcome another major challenge: to rank second in the Pan-American games to be hosted by the Canadian city of Toronto next July.
Elected Latin America and the Caribbean´s best female athlete in 2014 according to the Prensa Latina new agency´s annual poll, Colombian triple jumper Caterine Ibargüen shared that honor with Argentinian football star Lionel Messi.