At the end of this year, Cuba has twenty places for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Cuba has secured twenty places in eight sports for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Boxeador cubano Julio César La Cruz, clasificado a París 2024 © Cubadebate
Cuban boxer Julio César La Cruz, qualified for Paris 2024 Foto © Cubadebate

By the end of 2023, eight sports, with 20 places in total, have their presence guaranteed by Cuba in the coming years.Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Heathletics adds the largest number of seats reserved for the five rings event with six, followed by thestruggle with four and theboxing with three.

They close the list, with two places respectively, therafting and thetable tennis. Meanwhile, thesport's shot, modern pentathlon and thecycling They present a ticket in their hands.

The above was confirmed byJose Antonio Miranda, general director of high performance of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) during his speech at the 10th International Convention on Physical Activity and Sports (AFIDE 2023), last November and resumed this Saturday by the digital portal officialCubadebate.

Miranda said that the attention prior to this event will focus on specific figures and not on complete sports, confirming the serious crisis that the country faces in the preparation of its athletes, an issue that the regime attributes to the embargo imposed by the United States.

“We cannot work in a general way, with complete sports, but with the individualities that have the potential to be able to remain among the top 20 countries in Paris 2024. There is no other way to distribute the budget and conceive the critical path,” said the official.

Among the beneficiaries, he assured that they have “about 15 athletes who must receive all priority and attention,” without detailing the names of those athletes.

Names like boxersArlen Lopez (80 kg) and Julio Cesar La Cruz (92 kg), as well as that of the tenimesistasDaniela Fonseca and Jorge Moisés Campos, will be on that prioritized list, after obtaining their classifications in the pastSantiago de Chile Pan American Games 2023.

Cuba attended theTokyo 2020 Olympic Games with only 69 athletes, historically the third smallest delegation. On that occasion he finished in 14th place with seven gold medals.

This year, according to the digital portalCubanet, The maximum number of athletes who left Cuba was 103.

The list includes prominent names in the Cuban sports elite, such as the Olympic medalistDenia Caballero, who left the island's sports delegation that competed in the Castellón Provincial Council Meeting, in Spain, to others less recognized but who were part of the quarry that was being forged in disciplines such asbaseball, hehockey or thehandball, just to name a few.

Another of the names that resonated during the year was that ofbi-world boxing champion Yoenlis Hernandez, who left the delegation that returned to the Island after participating in the World Championship in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, last May.

Although the regime half-heartedly recognizes that fifth place in the medal table at the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile and seventh in the Parapan American Games are “distant from historical results in some cases,” it goes without saying that in the first of them, a total of13 athletes left the Cuban delegation motivated, mainly, by the lack of resources to practice their sports on the island and the lack of personal freedom, according to what they said.several members of the women's field hockey team.

With 20 qualified for Paris 2024, the challenge is to see how many more join the Olympic train and what can happen in the French capital.

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