Havana, Cuba, May 30.- Athletes from nine countries, plus Cuba, will participate from today until Sunday in the Havana 2014 Ju Jitsu Pan American Championships, with venue at the Manuel Fajardo Higher Institute of Physical Culture.
The visiting nations are Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and Paraguay, according to Ariel Ramirez, who chairs the organizing committee.
Cuba is represented by 35 adults, including seven women, and 11 juniors, including three girls.
The contest start today at 2:30 pm in the under-18 category, unprecedented event in previous championships because according to Ramirez the continental ju-jitsu junior and cadet tourneys have never been made and the intention is to promote them for their inclusion in future competitions.
The tournament includes the categories of fighting, ne-waza and duo-system.
Cuba joined the Ju-jitsu Pan American Union two years ago, and its athletes have taken part in international events such as the World Championships in Cali, and the 2012Pan American Championships in Uruguay, where they won one gold and two silver medals. (acn).