Cuba Expects to Improve Olympic Record in London
Cuba will try to improve its results at the upcoming Olympic Games in London, sports directives said in Havana.
During the prime time TV Show “The Round Table,” the vice-president of the Cuban Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Institute (INDER), Jose Polo, said that the Cuban athletes have had a good physical and psychological preparation and they will make a good performance at the Olympics, to take place July 27-August 12.
Polo recalled the island’s participation in 18 Olympic games and he noted that Cuban athletes have collected 194 medals in all, including 67 gold, 64 silver and 63 bronze.
In Beijing 2008, Cuba garnered 24 medals and finished in the 28th position, which evidenced poor effectiveness in the finals, the executive admitted.
Polo also highlighted Cuba’s participation at Moscow 1980 and Barcelona 1992 as outstanding performances, since the island took the fourth and fifth positions respectively.
As to the team that will contest the London Olympics, INDER executive Norge Marrero said that a total of 110 athletes will take part in 14 different sports modalities.
“Our team had appropriate training and will compete for the enjoyment of the Cuban people and to honor their homeland,” Marrero said.