Havana, (Prensa Latina) Roberto Leon Richards, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee, and Osvaldo Vento, president of the National Sports Institute (INDER), congratulated the Cuban athletes, who are focusing their work on the Tokyo Olympic, for the new year.
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On his Twitter account, Richards congratulated the athletes, coaches and the Cuban sports movement, to whom he sent a big hug, convinced that the Olympic 2020 event in Tokyo, Japan, will be another scenario of victories for them.
“For some of the athletes it’s their first international competition, seeing the Olympic rings for the first time,” Chan says. “But this is also brand-new territory for me.”
The 28-year-old Canadian will be in Switzerland as an Athlete Role Model, supporting and mentoring youngsters from all sports as they test themselves under the Olympic rings.
For his part, the INDER president recalled a statement by the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of that heroic deed.
It’s a great way to expose these young athletes to other cultures and other countries. It really does change your life. The perspective you get is amazing.
Pushing yourself to your limit and finding out how you react in a pressure-filled situation in competition, you learn a lot about yourself. There’s no experience quite like it. There’s nothing in day-to-day life that imitates that same feeling, that same nervousness.
‘Let’s remember Fidel as a permanent motivation for the
commitments to come. He insisted that sports encourage the people, entertain
the people, excite the people and make the people happy. Congratulations,’
To date, Cuba has 26 qualified athletes for the Tokyo Olympic Games in boating (4), cycling (1), artistic gymnastics (2), wrestling (2), modern pentathlon (2), shooting (5) and track and field (10).
According to the Cuban Sports Institute, the number of athletes for the Olympic Games must exceed 100 and Cuban athletes are expected to attend qualifying events from January 5 and May 24, 2020.