Nov 9, -- The Cuban presets for field hockey for either sex is ready to regain leading positions in the next Central American and Caribbean Games.
In the latest of Cuba's field hockey players participation in such regional events in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 2006, both teams reached the crown, but 4 years later, the Cuban teams did not make it to Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
Now, the reconquest of the crowns is the pending task. The players, coaches and federation are all aware that the discipline and desire to excel, are essential to this end result.
Amado Amorós, the men’s coach, told ACN news agency that the preparation is geared to 3 cycles, the first of which will end in December with the Cerro Pelado Cup.
The men’s team is 39th in the world rankings, while the women occupy the 34th spot; with participation in the top 8 sets of the Americas, they have options to attend the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico, in 2014; however, he said this is not yet guaranteed.
The men’s shortlist has 22 athletes this year. After completing the 2nd cycle they will begin workouts which end next May, and includes participation in the Games of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).
Then, the 3rd and final period of training will include the Central and Caribbean Games in Mexico from November 14th to 30th.
Amorós said in that the Cuban teams will have tough competition from Trinidad and Tobago —teams which have greatly enhanced their technical level.
"They are opponents with more international experience than us, but we work with the mind set to win the gold medal," he said.
Among the major world powers in field hockey are the Netherlands, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, for women; and Germany, Australia, Holland and England, for men.
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