Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba maintains goals for the Paris 2024 Games

Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba maintains goals for the Paris 2024 Games
Radio Havana Cuba | Cuba maintains goals for the Paris 2024 Games

Jose Antonio Miranda

Havana, May 18 (JIT).- Finishing among the top 20 places in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and not falling behind the 25 best in the Paralympic competition remains the defined purpose for the delegations that will represent Cuba in those fair.

This was confirmed this Friday by José Antonio Miranda, director of High Performance at Inder, during the press conference in which he provided an update on the preparation of the island’s exponents who will compete in the French capital next summer.

“We have carried out the analyzes and we are aware that these objectives must be achieved by winning at least five gold medals in each event,” Miranda acknowledged before referring to the complex qualifying process that has been gone through and is still active in some sports.

So far, 36 Cuban athletes have tickets for the Olympic competition that will be held between July 26 and August 11. The number must grow, since there are another 44 with options in sports such as athletics, boxing, judo, indoor and beach volleyball, swimming and table tennis.

The manager announced that, based on the calculations made, the greatest responsibility for winning medals rests on 19 figures. «The greatest possibilities are focused on them and that is why they have received differentiated attention. It is worth noting that 15 of them have experience in the Olympic Games.

Miranda acknowledged how complicated it has been to comply with the planned critical path, but it has been achieved so far despite many setbacks.

“Above all we have to highlight the political will and support that the country’s highest leadership has given us,” he added.

In turn, he announced that the majority of those involved in both fights will complete their preparations in different cities in Europe, mainly in the host country.

He also highlighted the outstanding role played by science in supporting the entire process, which includes the study of possible opposites.

The manager ratified the obligation for all Cuban representatives to arrive in Paris with at least one anti-doping test carried out after May 18, which he pointed out as a guarantee for their performance.

Regarding the Paralympic competition – scheduled for August 28 to September 8 – it was confirmed at the meeting that so far there are 11 Cubans qualified to compete in five sports, but it is expected that the final number will be between 28 and 32, since there are still Several processes remain to be concluded.

The best chances of reaching the podiums of the event for athletes with disabilities fall on 10 competitors, seven of them with previous forays into multi-sports competitions of that level.

Possible Cuban quotas in para-athletics, para-badminton, para-shooting, para-cycling, para-judo and para-swimming remain to be defined.

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