Yesterday evening, December 1, Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz welcomed the last group of athletes, coaches, referees, medical personnel and other authorities returning from the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, Veracruz 2014.
On the tarmac at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, Raúl, along with Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and José Ramón Fernández, head of Cuba’s Olympic Committee, greeted the victorious group and conversed with several of the champion wrestlers, boxers and members of the rowing and volleyball teams, among others.
The leader of Cuba’s delegation to Veracruz, Olympic champion wrestler Mijaín López Núñez, spoke for the athletes, expressing the joy he felt upon returning home, “having attained our medal of dignity.”
He thanked the Cuban people for their support.
Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commented, “We are often introduced to history via symbols, and it is very symbolic that we are on the eve of another anniversary of the Granma landing, and the establishment of our undefeated, glorious Revolutionary Armed Forces, and you are arriving to the homeland victorious and honorably.”
“Welcome to the homeland, champions, he concluded.