Cuba will take the Central American and Caribbean Games of San Salvador 2023 a delegation that would be around 500 athletes with the aim of fighting for the second position by country, reported this Tuesday sports authorities on the island.
José Antonio Miranda, general director of high performance of the Indersaid that this forecast takes into account that Mexico has all the potential to win that contest, according to the note published by the sports portal Hit.
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“We have made three versions of the resolutions and we are convinced that we must work to convert several silver medals into gold, because among the desertions of various figures and other casualties, several title possibilities have been lost,” the manager specified.
”We work with reality, without triumphalism. Many training sessions will have to be personalized to get the medals we need”, she emphasized.
Miranda argued that 322 Cuban athletes are classified for the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023 and 98 for the Pan American Games in Santiago 2023.
Quotas for the upcoming edition of the Central Caribbean event have been obtained in 17 sports. Others must be added in qualifying matches scheduled for next year. According to the outlet, in 2023 there will be 16 events that give places by ranking, in addition to other qualifying competitions.
Sports with Cuban qualifiers are aquatics (open water swimming, artistic swimming and water polo), basketball, handball, baseball, canoeing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline), field hockey, wrestling (Greek and free), figure skating, modern pentathlon, rowing, softball, archery and sports shooting, and volleyball (indoor and beach).
Quotas remain to be found in chess, track and field, boxing, badminton, equestrian, karate, weightlifting, diving, judo, speed skating, swimming, racquetball, field tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and sailing.
Currently, a re-election of 1022 athletes is being prepared to assume the main commitments of the coming year, which in addition to the regional fair and the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, includes the V Games of Alba, scheduled between the months of March and April.
Regarding the continental multi-sports event to be held in the Chilean capital, the executive reported that the 98 tickets obtained so far have been in diving, swimming, athletics, boxing, fencing, canoeing, cycling, judo, wrestling, weight lifting, pentathlon, shooting and archery, table tennis and beach volleyball. For the Parapan American Games only two archery athletes are classified.
Cuba also has a ticket for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, obtained by the shooter Leuris Pupo, monarch at that level in the London 2012 event.
Between the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Panama, and the version that in 2014 was hosted in the Mexican city of Veracruz, Cuba ranked first in the medal table, except in the editions of San Salvador 2002 and Mayagüez 2010, when he went away citing security issues.
During the event held in the Colombian city of Barranquilla four years ago, the representation of Mexico definitively assaulted the top of the classification by countries, after winning 132 gold medals, 30 more than those achieved by Cuban athletes.