CUBA is sending 110 athletes to the
30th Olympic Games in London, to compete in 14
sporting events. The delegation is focused on
improving its performance as compared to the Beijing
Games, four years ago.
The country will be represented in
15 of the 36 disciplines scheduled for the Summer
Games and is hoping for medals in 87 of the 302
trials which make up the competitive program, set to
be inaugurated July 27 and conclude August 12.
The athletes’ commitment to their
people and the following each one enjoys will
motivate the delegation to fulfill its motto, "To
London, with the dignity, honor and courage of
The National Sports, Physical
Education and Recreation Institute (INDER) reported
that the preparatory work for the Games began with
252 athletes. Ultimately selected to constitute the
Cuban Olympic delegation were 65 men and 45 women,
who are in excellent physical and mental condition.
Forty-eight percent of the group participated in the
Beijing ’08 competition.
The delegation includes
representatives from 14 provinces and 61
municipalities. They will be accompanied by 40
Among the principal London Olympic
hopefuls are Dayron Robles, from Guantánamo,
competing in the 110-meter hurdles; Greco-Roman
wrestler Mijaín López, from Pinar del Río; World
Champion light heavyweight boxer Julio César La
Cruz, from Camagüey, as well as stellar hammer
thrower Yipsi Moreno, World Champion in Edmonton ‘01
and Paris ‘03, silver medalist in Athens ‘04 and
Yarelys Barrios, discus thrower from
Pinar del Río, Olympic runner-up in Beijing ‘08, as
well as in the 2007 and 2009 World Championships,
and a bronze medal winner in 2011, is also hoping to
fulfill her dream of a gold medal in London.
Also included in this promising
group are José Antonio Guerra from Santiago de Cuba
and Camagüey’s Jeinkler Aguirre, who are competing
as a duo in synchronized platform diving.
Before traveling to the event, diver
José Antonio Guerra acknowledged that the Chinese
are favored in the competition, while the level of
other duos, who the Cubans have defeated on other
occasions, is about even.
Veteran target shooter Guillermo
Alfredo Torres commented that the competition is
stiff for everyone in this paramount competition. (SE)