About a decade ago, the Central American and Caribbean Games were a cake walk, for Cuba. The dominance of Cuban sports was such that it used to breeze at regional trials, where they even enjoyed the privilege of leaving their star athletes at home and still win the competition with ease.
There is nothing Cuban authorities fear more today than seeing the island end up behind Mexico, Colombia or Venezuela at the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Veracruz from November 14 to 30 this year, as these – for reasons more political than sports-related – are considered the most important sporting competition of the year.
Eleven players of the Granma baseball team were hit by an outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting forcing their game set for Thursday in Sancti Spiritus to be postponed.
Second baseman Hector Olivera Amaro, one of the stars of Cuban baseball today, has left the island illegally, following in the footsteps of fellow players who have become established in the Major and Minor Leagues abroad. The 29-year-old Olivera belongs to a generation of baseball players who have shone both in the domestic league and international championships over the past decade.
With jerseys like the one that batter Stayler Hernandez is wearing, Industriales appears to have become a living billboard for Cuba’s Bucanero beer. The repercussions of this should not be taken lightly. Our government’s official journalists, often very concerned about the spread of lifestyles based on consumerism and frivolity, could well take on an interesting reflection on this matter.
Cuba’s Mijain Lopez reached his fifth world championship title on Saturday, taking the 130kg division of Greco-Roman style in Tashkent.
A number of details about Cuba’s upcoming baseball season have come to light in recent days. One piece of information that has been made public is the schedule, which anticipates a number of breaks owing to the holding of two other sporting events – the Central American Games and the Caribbean Series.
French triple jumper Teddy Tamgho, the Moscow 2013 world champion, is training in Havana since September 2, preparing for the Beijing 2015 Championships, reported the website of Radio Habana Cuba.
Though many are the achievements of Cuban women in sports, their opportunities are far more reduced when compared to their colleagues of the opposite sex, particularly in the international arena.
The Cuban National Series schedule has now been officially announced, with the season opening on September 21 and following the same two-part season structure as utilized the past two seasons. The first phase will involve all 16 league teams (each playing 45 games) and will end December 16.