HAVANA, Cuba, Apr 29 (acn) Antonio Becali, president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER by its Spanish acronym), reaffirmed Cuba’s will to be among the top 20 in the Olympic Games to be held next August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Becali said at a press conference that achieving a decent performance in the great summer event will be the best birthday gift on his 90th anniversary for the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz, main promoter of Cuban athletic movement.
The executive highlighted boxing, wrestling, athletics, taekwondo, judo, shooting sports and artistic gymnastics among the sport with greater options of winning medals at the 31st edition of the Olympics, based in the Brazilian city from next August 5 to 21.
Rio de Janeiro will be an ideal stage to demonstrate the potential and quality of the Cuban sports movement, noted Becali when optimistically assessing the chances of the Caribbean nation in the carioca feast.
Jose Antonio Miranda, INDER High Performance director, reported that so far, 85 Cuban athletes have achieved their ticket to the ecumenical event in 13 sports, while 70 other competitors of 14 sports continue trying to get it on the qualifying process that closes on June.
Miranda highlighted the high quality of the preparation of Cuban athletes towards Rio de Janeiro 2016, with emphasis on individualized attention to the figures and sports with the potential to enrich Cuba’s medal table in the multisport event.
Cuba hopes to attend the Olympics with a young delegation comprising of about 110 and 120 competitors, where only fifty of them have experience in this type of event.
The Caribbean island expects to match or exceed its performance in the previous event (London 2012), where it ranked 16th in the standings with balance of five gold, three silver and six bronze medals.