Cuba wants to compete with 80 athletes in Tokyo 2021
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Cuba wants to compete with at least 80 athletes in the 32nd Tokyo Olympic Games, now scheduled for the summer of 2021, confirmed Ariel Sainz, vice-president of the Cuban Institute of Sports.
In statements to Radio Rebelde, Sainz said that the number could exceed one hundred athletes if baseball and beach volleyball manage to qualify for the great sports event. To date, 41 Cuban athletes have qualified in eight sports, 14 in athletics, 12 in wrestling, five in shooting, four in canoeing, two in pentathlon and artistic gymnastics, and one per capita in cycling and taekwondo. The referred figure, reminded the director, must increase after the closing of the judo ranking and the pre-Olympic Boxing. In this regard, Sainz added that they are working for the return of the athletes next August 15, although he said they want those committed to medals to do so before that date. The purpose is also to prepare the athletes, as far as possible, to return to their respective competitive calendars abroad. In this aspect, Sainz said that the remaining pre-Olympics are scheduled between February and June next year, which would give a margin for better preparation of athletes to meet their objectives.