The Cuban pole vaulter Yarisley Silva confirmed this Tuesday that he returned to training as part of the island’s national team, with the aim of participating next summer in the World Athletics Championships, to be held in the US city of Eugene.
“Twenty days ago I joined training at the Pan American Stadium in Havana. I have just started the technique, although all this time I have kept working on the physical part. I am preparing to participate in some stop of the Diamond League and in the month of July in the outdoor world championship, in the United States,” said the outstanding athlete in an interview published on the official site Cubadebate.
At the beginning of April, independent media reported that the best Cuban pole vaulter in history had asked to be removed from the national athletics team along with her coach Alexander Navas, news that was later confirmed OnCuba with sources close to the King Sport Federation on the Island.
Although neither the athlete nor her trainer gave public explanations on the subject, everything seemed to indicate that the decision was the result of disagreements with the highest authorities of her sports discipline in Cuba, and that her last incident was her absence from the Indoor World Championship. which was held in Belgrade in the middle of last March.
Days before the contest, the national commissioner, Yipsi Moreno, said to the specialized site Hit that the London 2012 Olympic runner-up and indoor and outdoor world champion decided not to compete in the Serbian capital as she could not count on her poles at the event venue.
At that time, the directive explained that Yarisley could not travel to Belgrade from Spain, where he was doing a training base, because he exceeded the permanence limit established by the visa he had to be in the territory of the European Union. Given these circumstances, the pole vaulter had to move to Cuba, while her poles remained in the Iberian country.
So, the transfer of the athlete’s poles from Spain to the competition venue could not be carried out because the person in charge of carrying them tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel, Yipsi then explained to Hit.
For his part, Yarisley explained in the interview published this Tuesday that he decided not to appear at the World Championships with poles provided by the organizers because “even if they looked for poles as similar as possible, they were not going to be mine.”
The athlete told the media that it was the third time she had gone through that situation. «It happened to me in a 2018 Diamond League, in Oslo. I jumped only 4.26 m with some that the Greek Katerina Stefanidi lent me. I was sixth. The fans and the press criticized me a lot », she exposed, adding that the other two times, in a junior world championship in China and in a competition in Finland, she came up blank.
Given these previous disappointments, Yarisley argued that he could not appear at a World Cup “to invent” because he risked affecting “the image of my country and mine, the work done.”
«I was not going to risk myself in a World Cup. I could do it in another competition, but neither, because previous experiences had shown me the opposite. So, what for? Especially in an event like that, where all the athletes are prepared. I was not going to make a piece of paper », he pointed out to Cubadebate.
The 34-year-old athlete from Pinar del Río arrived at the Indoor World Cup with a maximum height of 4.65 meters, somewhat far from the records that long ago placed her at the forefront of her specialty worldwide and, according to her statements, she hoped to exceed 4.70 meters in the universal appointment.
In the interview, Yarisley neither confirms nor denies that he has officially requested his separation from the Cuban Athletics Federation, something that that entity has not done so far, nor has the national commission for that sport on the island.
On the other hand, the athlete from Pinar del Río confirms that she has always wanted to finish “big”. “I would not want to leave athletics, sports, below my results,” she explained. Among her most immediate aspirations, according to what she told the digital media, is her participation in the next Central American and Caribbean Games.
«I would like the people to remember me with love, like that Yarisley faithful to her country, who always represented Cuba well on high. I long to leave a pretty picture. I will fight for it », she sentenced.