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A river of emotions and expectations

Tiro rio deporte

Four years ago shooter Leuris Pupo departed for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the hope of fulfilling a dream. At that time he was also looking forward to another important life event. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl, I just want it to be born healthy,” he anxiously told me

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Our people deserve all the effort and joy we can offer them

Delegacion Río de Janeiro

On July 25, following the departure of a good part of the Cuban delegation to the Río de Janeiro Olympic Games, Dr. Antonio Becali Garrido, president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) and head of the Cuban delegation to the international event, spoke with Granma.

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Xanadu: Cuba’s mansion on the golf course

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Upon hearing the word Xanadu, some might recall Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra, but a few will be transported to a high spot along the coast of the Hicacos Peninsula in the Cuban province of Matanzas, where a mansion was built in 1930, bearing this name, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem. Also known as Dupont house, it now sits aside the greens of the only 18-hole golf course in Cuba.

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Cuba’s women’s volleyball squad en route to Grand Prix

Team Sulian Matienzo

The five volleyball players who recently competed in international leagues will be vital to the Cuban selection looking toward the sport’s Grand Prix (GP), scheduled to begin June 3. Speaking to Granma International Roberto García the team’s technical coach, stated that his players are feeling motivated after a successful experience abroad with numerous opportunities to play. Melissa Vargas (opposite hitter) and Sulian Matienzo (team captain and setter) played in 42 matches in the Czech Republic, while Jennifer Álvarez, Regla Gracia and Daymara Lescay — all setters — participated in 36 games each.

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Tampa Bay, MLB coming to Cuba

Tampa Bay

The most important encounters between professional Cuban and Major League Baseball (MLB) players in the last 16 years boil down to a friendly match against the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and games during the World Baseball Classics, where the island has faced national teams featuring several MLB players.

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Cubans return to the Olympic stage

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THE Cuban men’s volleyball team will return to the Olympic Games this 2016 following a convincing 3-0 victory over Canada, during the Olympic qualifier in Edmonton. The Cubans, who in 2015 lost to the Canadian team on four occasions, in the World League and the NORCECA Championship, traveled to the northern city armed with a team combining experienced players and newcomers, which secured them a favorable outcome of 25-15, 25-21, 25-21.

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Cuba’s Ismael Borrero tops 59kg world rankings

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Cuban wrestler Ismael Borrero’s ascent to the top of the 59 kilograms Greco-roman style world rankings is noteworthy news for fans of the sport.
Borrero reached the top spot in his weight category after being proclaimed World Champion during the competition held recently in Las Vegas, the United States, where he secured six victories.

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President of International Judo Federation expects excellent Grand Prix in Cuba

Box p`residente

The President of the International Judo Federation (IJF), Marius Vizer, expressed his confidence that the Grand Prix of the discipline, scheduled to take place in Havana, in January, 2016, will be excellent. We are currently specifying the tasks to be carried out at every stage of organizing the competition, but we aren’t worried as we are sure that it will be a great event and are confident in the abilities of the Cuban organizing committee, he noted.

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Yarisley Silva wins gold

Yarisley silva

This August 26, Cuba’s Yarisley Silva won gold in the pole vault event of the World Athletics Championships, while Brazil’s Fabiana Murer took the silver.
Silva cleared 4.90 meters on her third attempt winning her the gold medal, while Murer was only able to reach 4.85 meters, with Nicoleta Kyriakopoulou (4.80) of Greece, taking the bronze.

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Cuba finishes fourth at the 2015 Pan American Games

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The Cuban delegation finished fourth in the medal count at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games in Canada, with a total of 36 gold, 27 silver and 27 bronze medals. The boxing saw the biggest gains for the island with six titles, won by Andy Cruz, in the 56 kilogram division, Lázaro Álvarez (60kg), Arlen López (75kg), Julio César la Cruz (81kg), Erislandy Savon (91kg) and Lenier Peró (91+kg). Cuban boxers also added four silver medals to the total with Joahnys Argilagos (49kg), Yosbany Veitía (52kg), Yasnier Toledo (64kg) and Roniel Iglesias (69kg), who were affected in some cases by questionable decisions from the judges.