Milestones of Cuban sports in 60 years of revolution (+Photos)
Havana, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) More than 70 Olympic gold medals today endorse Cuba's success on the world stage in 60 years of revolution and under the principle of sport as the people's right.
The creation in 1961, on this date, of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) led to the massification and development of physical activity throughout the island and consequently, the arrival of the first triumphs of its athletes in regional events and under the five rings.
In six decades, many are the feats and awards of Cuban athletes from the Pan American Games in Chicago 1959, shortly after the triumph of the revolution, until the most recent performance in Lima 2019.
Prensa Latina shares five milestones of Cuban sport that show the essential role of Inder in promoting an inclusive, participatory and benchmark model for the nations of Latin America and the world.
Beyond the second place in Central America, the Cuban sporting feat in the San Juan Games in 1966 was immortalized by the rebellion of a delegation that never gave up and from the Cerro Pelado ship, they endorsed their right to participate.
The successes on the track of sprinter Enrique Figuerola illustrate the progress of Cuban sport in the first years of the revolution and the subtitle in Tokyo 1964 paved the way for medals in Olympic jousting until today.
María Caridad Colón began the path of triumph for women from Ibero-America and Cuba in fighting under the five rings with the crown in throwing the javelin in the 1980 Moscow edition.
The Central American Games of Havana, 1982 constituted the prelude to the organizational power of the largest of the Antilles and on August 2, 1991, Cuba welcomed the representatives of the continent in the Pan American Games, a fair that validated the sports development with the first place of Cuba in America to dethrone the United States delegation.
In the collective order, the women's volleyball team shone with the rhythm of serves and shots to thousands of fans around the world and under the epithet of Morenas del Caribe they reigned in the Olympics of Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
Despite the intensification of the United States blockade and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cuba is currently strengthening its sports movement and will attend the Tokyo appointment next summer to maintain its position within the top 20 nations in the Olympic world .
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