HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 15 (acn) The 12 Cuban athletes who will participate in the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games, based in Nanjing, perform their regular training after several days of adaptation in the Chinese city .Heriberto Suarez, head of Cuban delegation to this competition for youth from 15 to 18, told Prensa Latina News Agency that all the athletes started their preparation from Thursday, after a long journey and the initial familiarization process in the O lympic villa.
He stressed the hospitality of the Chinese hosts and said that the Cuban group is also made up by six coaches and Youth Ambassador Lady Laura Moya, who won the gold medal in pentathlon in the first youth games held in Singapore in 2010.
Suarez explained that the Youth Olympics differ from the regular events because the first one includes educational activities, exchanges between participants from around the world (this year is attended by 204 countries and regions) and too much joy.
On the reduced participation of Cuba in these second games, the head of the delegation explained that the qualification process of the various sports took place in very distant cities from Cuba, so it resulted too expensive.
In the first Youth Olympics in Singapore, Cuba participated with 43 athletes who won nine gold, three silver and two bronze medals, which placed them fifth by nations.
But Suarez is convinced of the great performance to be made by Cuban athletes despite their small delegation.
He also announced the upcoming opening of Cuba House in the Olympic villa, where photos of sports history and characteristics of his country will be on display.
Cuban athletes shall compete in bow and arrow, canoeing-kayaking, triathlon, judo, rowing, swimming and boxing .