Yulieski Gourriel, the top Cuban league baseball player before obtaining a major league contract earlier this year, is expected to get his first chance on Sunday with the Houston Astros.
Cuban boxers Robeisy Ramírez and Arlen Lopez added today two gold medals for the Cuban Olympic team by winning their final matches in Rio de Janeiro.
Discus thrower Denia Caballero also won a bronze medal, who in spite of a last minute injury was able to climb up onto the podium of her specialty.
Light welterweight Yasniel Toledo for Cuba met Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo, a Havana native and cousin of Cuba’s Olympic high jump champ Javier Sotomayor (1992). Sotomayor Collazo was representing Azerbaijan his adopted country.
Mijail Lopez of Cuba became a three time Olympic gold medalist on Monday in Greco-Roman wrestling, providing the Latin American sports power its second title thus far in Rio 2016.
Destiny has laid the way for Maykel Reyes to become a ground-breaking Cuban soccer player: the first to sign a contract with a team abroad, the first to score a goal in a World Championship, and who knows if there is still more to come.
More than 10,000 athletes across the world have convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which has its inauguration ceremony this evening.
It’s less than two weeks now until the 2016 Olympic Games (Aug. 5-21) begin in Rio de Janeiro, and Cuba has before it the challenge of being among the top 20 countries in the medal standings.
Yulieski Gourriel, the most complete Cuban baseball player, has signed a $47.5 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros, reports baseballdecuba.com.
For quite some time now, the famous Rafael Trejo Boxing Gym, where almost all of Cuba’s professional boxing champions have come from, has women among its regular trainees. They dream of being able to compete officially in international competitions.