He failure in the World Boxing Championship Tashkent 2023 had consequences. This Tuesday, the Olympic medalists Roniel Iglesias and Lázaro Álvarez were marginalized from the list of the Domadores team that the president of the Cuban Boxing Federation (FCB), Alberto Puig de la Barca, announced for the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador.
Iglesias and Álvarez, who were left out of the medals in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), are not at their best level. According to the sports authorities, only “athletes in better shape” will attend the event that will begin on June 23. However, “they have options for other events,” said the head of men’s boxing trainers, Rolando Acebal.
Play Off Magazine considered that the decision of excluding Roniel Iglesias (67 kg), gold medalist in Tokyo (2020) and London (2012) and Lázaro Álvarez who won bronze in London (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tokyo (2020), it is for let them know that they must “earn their place”.
The places left by these medalists will be covered by the universal subtitle of the 60 kilos Erislandy Álvarez and Jorge Cuéllar, “two of the five called to debut”, published by the official media Hit. The others are Erislán Romero (51 kg) and the silver medalists in Tashkent, Saidel Horta (57 kg) and Fernando Arzola (+92 kg).
According to the sports authorities, only “athletes in better shape” will attend the event that will begin on June 23.
Despite the absence of these boxers, the sports authorities hope to get four gold and three bronze medals. The confidence is based on the call for two-time Olympic champions Julio César La Cruz in the 92 kg category and Arlen López (80 kg).
In San Salvador, in addition, six Cuban boxers will debut, some of these athletes competed in other sports, such as athletics and wrestling, but their names have not been specified. However, their presence marks a different stage in the previous official rejection of having female boxers.
The coach of the men’s branch, Rolando Acebal, recognized that the sport of fists in Cuba is going through a difficult moment due to the “migratory times”, in reference to the desertions of boxers from the national team.
The most recent was that of Yoenlis Hernández, the only medalist in the Uzbekistan World Cup, who did not return to the Island with the rest of the team. Although Acebal considered that this desertion “does not have any negative radiation in the group.”
Although he assured that of the bulk of the team, counting those who, in principle, would not go to San Salvador, “eight athletes are needed.”
In 2018, the Domadores de Cuba managed to rise as second place in the medal table of the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla.
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