Cuban boxing postpones national competitions until 2024

The two most important tournaments within the domestic sphere - the “Playa Girón” and the women's boxing tournament - do not have, for now, an official date for their holding.

Pelea de la final de los 75 kg del Playa Girón de Boxeo 2022 (imagen de referencia) © Cubadebate
Fight of the 75 kg final of the Playa Girón de Boxeo 2022 (reference image) Foto © Cubadebate

Thewomen's boxing tournaments and the "Giron Beach"They changed the date, a statement from the National Sports Commission announced this Monday.

Both events were moved to 2024, in a movement that is due to “strategic reasons” that were not defined by that organization, said a note from the digital portal.JIT.

The brief information provided by theNational Boxing Commission and reproduced byofficial media It does not specify the new dates on which these tournaments will resume.

The women's boxing event, initially agreed for the province ofHoly Spirit between December 1st and 5th, it moved toHavana, with the “purpose of concentrating its best exponents and evaluating recruitments for the elite preselection of the Island,” alleged the Cuban boxing authorities.

Meanwhile, thePlaya Girón National Tournament Yes, it will take place in Sancti Spiritus lands as originally scheduled, just not on the date of December 7 to 12.

According to the statement, “it will be the beginning of a season of great commitment for our sport, determined to sustain its outstanding contribution to the country's medal table in theParis 2024 Olympic Games”.

The Cuban boxing alarms went off in the recently concludedSantiago 2023 Pan American Games, in which the sporting discipline could not meet its pre-competition objectives.

Of the three gold medals they aspired to achieve, only Arlen López (80 kg) and Julio César La Cruz (92 kg) managed to climb to the top of the podium. While his teammates Saidel Orta (57 kg) and Fernando Arzola (+92 kg) settled for second and third positions, respectively.

The head of the Cuban national team coaching team,Rolando Acebal, justified this result with the preparation that teams like the United States, Colombia and Brazil have had.

“Good boxers showed up here. We came with an aspiration to obtain the three gold medals. We were not able to reach them, two were reached, but it was shown that it was possible,” Acebal alleged on that occasion.

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