Cuba to Celebrate International Mandela Day

Havana, July 15 (Prensa Latina ) A popular four kilometer mini-marathon through the streets of this capital will be part of the celebrations of Cuba in the International Day of Nelson Mandela, it was announced Tuesday at a press conferenceThe race, scheduled for Sunday, July 19, with the participation of many South African students studying in Cuba, and the presence of boxing glories, Nelson Mandela’s preferred sport, was also announced.

Patrick Rankhumice, charge d’affaires of the South African Embassy in Havana , said this is one of the initiatives around the held to honor Madiba, who died last December.

The date in Cuba will be the day after the one selected in 2009 by the UN General Assembly as Nelson Mandela Day, to coincide with the birthday of the leader and first president of democratic South Africa.

Rankhumice explained that the goal is that in each nation, 67 minutes in the service of others are performed, in memory of the 67 years Mandela was dedicated to public service, dedicated to work for the benefit of the community.

The occasion will also serve to celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa, and the two decades of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the African nation.

Meanwhile Carlos Gattorno, Marabana president, told Prensa Latina they are available to include this race in the 2015 official calendar 2015, which he considered an honor.

This will be at the consideration of the Mandela Foundation , coordinator of the initiative by the Cuban Sports Institute (INDER) and the South African Embassy in Havana.

The event will be run on the small circuit Marabana to award to the top runners in all age categories from 12 to over 65 years (Master G), along with the most prominent among the disabled.

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