• The return of the last group of
athletes’ participating in the Veracruz Games
coincided with the 58th anniversary of the Granma
Yesterday evening, December 1, Cuban President Raúl
Castro Ruz welcomed the last group of athletes,
coaches, referees, medical personnel and other
authorities returning from the XXII Central American
and Caribbean Games, Veracruz 2014.
the tarmac at Havana’s José Martí International
Airport, Raúl, along with Vice President Miguel
Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and José Ramón Fernández, head
of Cuba’s Olympic Committee, greeted the victorious
group and conversed with several of the champion
wrestlers, boxers and members of the rowing and
volleyball teams, among others.
leader of Cuba’s delegation to Veracruz, Olympic
champion wrestler Mijaín López Núñez, spoke for the
athletes, expressing the joy he felt upon returning
home, “having attained our medal of dignity.” He
thanked the Cuban people for their support.
President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commented, “We
are often introduced to history via symbols, and it
is very symbolic that we are on the eve of another
anniversary of the Granma landing, and the
establishment of our undefeated, glorious
Revolutionary Armed Forces, and you are arriving to
the homeland victorious and honorably.”
“Welcome to the homeland, champions, he concluded.