Manuel Marrero Cruz, Prime Minister of Cuba, stressed the importance of defending the legacy of the great results of the Cuban sports movement, during a meeting with athletes, directors and officials of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER).
The Cuban government ratifies the will to continue supporting the development of sports as one of the great achievements of the Revolution, said Marrero Cruz in a meeting that evaluated INDER's work projections for 2021.
Marrero stressed the importance of defending and preserving the heritage of the great results of the sports movement, of making the hearts of Cubans proud and showing the permanent gratitude of the people to their sports glories.
While exchanging with directors and officials of INDER, as well as with invited athletes, the Prime Minister called to continue fighting for the sports movement to put the name of Cuba on a high level.
In his speech, the president of the organization, Osvaldo Vento Montiller, analyzed, among other issues, the progress of the preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games, postponed due to the pandemic, the participation of the Cuban sports system in the confrontation with COVID-19 and in the implementation of the Ordinance Task.
José Antonio Miranda, general director of high performance of INDER, highlighted the willingness and great responsibility with which athletes and coaches took on the challenge of redesigning the entire process planned for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with all the scientific potential available in the country.
"We are talking about the 24 athletes with commitment in the medal standings and the twelve athletes with commitment for the Paralympic Games. For this, since October, after the analysis made in the competition program, a consulting advisory group was created for their preparation", explained the director.
He also added that this group has played a very important role in all the decisions that have been adopted in relation to the physical and psychological preparation of the athletes.
Three current stars of Cuban sport participated in this work session and talked about their experiences during this difficult year, which imposed the postponement of events and goals to be achieved.
Cuban long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarría confessed that "at the age of 22 and facing his first Olympic Games, he has great expectations and desires to compete in this event".
For his part, boxer Julio César La Cruz also spoke about the preparations and training for the competition. "We have a magnificent collective of trainers and paramedics, we have come this far with a lot of discipline so that the entire team can reach Tokyo and obtain the titles expected from the flagship for the Cuban people," stressed the fighter.
Also in excellent conditions to compete in the Olympics to be held in the Japanese capital, is the disc thrower Yaime Perez.
At the meeting, INDER's top executives reflected on the particularities of strategic areas for the sector, such as high performance, physical education, recreation, science, finance, training and improvement, medicine and communication.
The first vice president of INDER, Raúl Fornés Valenciano, referred to the potentialities that exist at the territory level to promote the necessary resources for sports development.
"We have the specialized strength, but we do not have the equipment, and we have the responsibility to manage them, to establish projects that generate income and resources that we can multiply," said the INDER executive.
As part of the objective debate and adjusted to the current times, Ernesto Reynoso, National Director of Baseball, considered that the participation of several organizations and the criteria of the population has been decisive to lead a strategy to strengthen this sport in Cuba and rescue all categories.
Finally, while intervening in this profitable work session, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz acknowledged the creativity and effort contributed by the sports system in this difficult stage of confronting a pandemic that also impacted the development of the sector.
He referred to the urgent need to promote mass participation in sports from an early age, rescue sports facilities and promote the integral training and preparation of athletes and professionals, and reiterated his confidence that our athletes, as always, will continue to defend the country in every competition, thrilling our people with their triumphs and great performances.