Cuba recognizes that it will not be able to win the next Central American and Caribbean Games

Cuba will take a delegation of around 500 athletes to San Salvador 2023 Central American and Caribbean Games with the aim of disputing second place by country, the island’s sports authorities reported on Tuesday.

José Antonio Miranda, general director of high performance of the National Institute of Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), said that this forecast takes into account that Mexico has all the potential to win that competition, according to the Note published by the sports portal Hit.

“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 official said.

“We are working with reality, without triumphalism. We will have to customize many training sessions to get the medals we need, ”she emphasized.

Miranda said 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 next edition of the Central and Caribbean event have been obtained in 17 sports. We must add others to the qualifying matches scheduled for next year. According to the outlet, in 2023 there will be 16 events that award places by ranking, in addition to other qualifying competitions.

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Sports with Cuban classifications 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 sport shooting, and volleyball (indoor and beach).

Quotas remain to be found in chess, athletics, boxing, badminton, horse riding, karate, weightlifting, diving, judo, speed skating, swimming, fronton, field tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and sailing.

Currently, a reselection of 1,022 athletes is being prepared to assume the main commitments of next year, which in addition to the regional Games and the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, includes the V ALBA Games, scheduled between March and April.

Regarding the continental multi-sport event to be held in the Chilean capital, the official reported that the 98 places obtained so far have been in diving, swimming, athletics, boxing, fencing, canoeing, cycling, judo, wrestling, weightlifting, pentathlon, shooting and archery, table tennis and beach volleyball. For the Parapan American Games only two archery athletes qualify.

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 was hosted in the Mexican city of Veracruz in 2014, Cuba ranked first in the medal table, except in the editions of San Salvador 2002 and Mayagüez 2010, when He was absent citing security problems.

During the event held in the Colombian city of Barranquilla four years ago, the representation of Mexico definitively seized the top of the classification by countries, after winning 132 gold medals, 30 more than those won by Cuban athletes.

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OnCuba staff

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