The year 2016 revealed the slow recovery made in Cuban sports, but it also revealed the country’s growing concern about the unstoppable escape of national talent which continues to undermine the chance of creating stability within the world’s sports elite.
If something had been missing to put Cuban baseball in a coma state, it was an institution like Real Madrid coming to Havana to give it the final blow. “We know that there is a lot of interest in soccer here in Cuba. It already seems to be the most important sport here and we want this to continue like this,” said Joaquin Sagues.
The Marabana Marathon took place on Sunday morning in Havana with over 4,700 participants. The event draws long distance runners from around the world and is highly popular among Cubans. (62 photos)
From the moment I saw Jurgen Klinsmann arriving in a white and red 1957 Chevrolet, I knew that the friendly football match between the Cuban and US teams that took place on October 7th was a sign of something more.
The Cuban and USA national soccer teams play an exhibition match today in Havana at 12:30 p.m. at the Pedro Marreros Stadium
Cuban media reports on the tragic death of Jose Fernandez were scarce, there were no eulogies which were well deserved given his short but extraordinary career in our national sport.
Jose Fernandez, the star pitcher for the Miami Marlins, died today in a boating accident in Miami Beach, confirmed his team. Fernandez, 24, came to the United States from Cuba when he was 14.
Cuban sports authorities said this week that the five volleyball players who have been sent to prison by a court in Finland could appeal their sentences, and they’ve mentioned the crime that led to this case by its name for the first time.
Yulieski Gourriel started today’s game for the Houston Astros as the cleanup hitter playing third base. He responded with a solo home run, 2 hits, 2 runs scored and one RBI in the game against the Cleveland Indian.
From the very beginning, sports have been a fundamental building block in the Revolution’s politics. We can say that it’s an inseparable part of the Revolution and that it is definitely politicized. Fidel personally contributed his ideas on how to develop what he himself called “revolutionary sports”; overseeing its progress until it worked and then sharing its achievements.