Twenty Cubans already qualified for Rio 2016 Olympics

Cuba has already reached 20 tickets, figure it expects to increase up to 170, to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

René Romero, methodologist of the high performance department of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER by its Spanish acronym), told reporters that the berths are distributed so far in shooting, with seven, boxing (5), rowing (3), wrestling (2), pentathlon (2) and canoeing (1).

Romero said that about 18 specialists of athletics hold records valid to join the Games and explained that this and other sports such as judo, shooting, taekwondo and cycling continue fighting to achieve their presence o n Brazilian soil.

In this sense he also mentioned the diving, weightlifting, gymnastics, women’s basketball, triathlon, beach volleyball, swimming, fencing, table tennis, archery, badminton and sailing, reports the online edition of Jit sports publication.

He noted that at a recent seminar for heads of missions hosted by the Brazilian city itself, April 29, 2016 was set as the deadline for accreditation of the National Olympic Committees, although pre-registrations will be on May.

The exchange brought together representatives of 202 of the 206 member countries of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and allowed Cuban managers to verify the good organizational pace.

He also confirmed that the official opening of the Olympic Village will be on July 24 and the opening ceremony will take place on August 5 while the Games will end on August 21.

We are able to have a good performance and all our efforts are headed to that goal, told Antonio Becali, president of INDER.

The prestige of our sports movement is undeniable and must be sustained, Becali stressed when assessing the work conceived in order to achieve a performance in accordance with what our people expect from its athletes.

By Radio Sandino, CubaSí

September 22, 2015

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