Full stadiums and nerves on edge


Baseball is more than a game in Cuba where hearts are hanging on the last out, the last inning, with Industriales and Las Tunas tied, heading into the decisive game of the semi-finals • Granma has already won its spot in the finals

From Tokyo 1964 to Tokyo 2020: Japan tightens it belt


The Japanese have taken note that only rational spending will lead to a success similar to that of Tokyo 1964, when the Asian continent hosted an Olympic contest for the first time, then described by critics as the “Perfect Games”

Honesty rewarded


The honesty, commitment, and sacrifice of Cuban athletes was recognized in a ceremony held in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva, during which bronze medals were presented to weightlifters Yordanis Borrero and Jadier Valladares from their participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, as well as an Olympic Diploma to wrestler Roberto Monzón

The challenges of Mijaín


Mijaín López has announced that he will attempt to make history in Tokyo by becoming the first wrestler to win four Olympic gold medals

Good prospects for Cuban boxers this 2018

Andy Cruz (left) was undefeated in all his national and international competitions of 2017

The first year of the Olympic cycle, 2017, for Cuban boxing meant tough challenges in the Seventh World Series of Boxing, Pan American tournament, and World Championships


Despaigne, the best of the year


Alfredo Despaigne was selected as Cuba's player of the year by the National Baseball Directorate, in recognition of his outstanding performances in both the National Series and in Japan

Cuban athletes of the year


The best Cuban athletes of the year were chosen based on a survey conducted by the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), the Sports Writers Circle and Young Communist League.

Fidel and baseball


Few heads of state have shown as much interest in baseball as Fidel did, pitching and batting himself, celebrating the victories and suffering the defeats

Fidel, a true sportsman

Fidel deporte 1

Ever since the early years of the Revolution, Fidel Castro made concerted efforts to give sport the importance it deserved and transform it into a strong mass movement


Cuba intent upon returning to the top


With its eyes set on the prize, the pre-selection team, under the direction of Yoannis Zaldívar, is training on the Giraldo Córdova Cardín indoor court, in the city of Ciego de Ávila


A fourth medal in sight


Weightlifter Yoelmis Hernández Paumier (85kg) spoke to Granma about Cuba’s prospects for the upcoming 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships

2018 Volleyball Men’s World Championship

Cuba beats Puerto Rico to qualify for next year’s tournament


Puerto Rico and Cuba are the last of the 24 qualifying teams set to participate in the Volleyball Men’s World Championship, which will take place for the first time in two locations: Bulgaria and Italy, in September 2018

Open Judo World Championships

Idalys returns to the mat with bronze


Three times Olympic medalist in the 78+ kilograms division, Idalys Ortíz, made a triumphant return to the mat during the final day of the Open Judo World Championships, held November 11-12 in the Moroccan city of Marrakech

The blind also play baseball


Cuba recently won a competition held in France, beating the host team, Italy and Germany. We provide a brief explanation of the essential elements of this game

Cuban sports versus the U.S. blockade


Officials from the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder) reported the numerous and persistent damages caused by this inhumane policy on Cuban sports over the years


Cuban judokas looking to Colombia


Cuba’s women’s judo team will compete in the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament in the Dominican Republic. Granma International spoke with head coach Félix Portuondo, about the team’s prospects

Pinar del Río to host national All-Star Game

BAJANTE: Yosvani Aragón, national director of baseball, announced that Pinar del Río will host the 30th edition of the All-Stars Game, given the outstanding performance by the province's team in the current Series and interest shown by its authorities


Timely preparation


Training underway since September 28 by Cuba’s pre-selection handball team in the Dominican Republic, will put them in good stead for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, next year


A no-hitter for David Mena?


On September 19, Mena prevented Villa Clara from making a single hit in Sandino stadium, but play was suspended due to rain after just five innings, leading some to question the validity of this game as a no-hitter

Volleyball gets a new look

Cuba's Lopez

Proposed changes to the sport will be tested during the upcoming Norceca tournament, in Colorado Springs, the United States


Cuba among the elite

To the left: Julio César la Cruz (81kg) is the only active boxer in the AIBA to have won four World Championship titles.

With four months to go until the end of 2017, Cuban boxing is already showing solid credentials to take the award for best sporting discipline of the year after winning the 19th World Boxing Championship on September 2, in Hamburg, Germany

Carlos Tabares: Continuing his legacy

Carlos Alberto Tabares

For 25 years he wore the blue-flannel Industriales jersey with the number 56 on the back, and now, having retired, is looking to continue his legacy from the bleachers


The schedule's curveballs

The schedule's curveballs

Teams have carefully studied their schedules for the season, marking key dates that could determine their fate


Cuban baseball over the last 10 years

Granma was the seventh team to win a National Series competition in the last 10 years.

For over five years Cuban baseball’s top batter was Osmani Urrutia: the star player from Macagua 8, Las Tunas, and winner of six titles


Cuban baseball takes off

Cuban baseball takes off.

Tomorrow August 5, Cuba's classic Baseball National Series kicks off without many organizational changes, as was reported in a league mini-conference prior to opening day

Arlenis Sierra, dreaming big

Arlenis Sierra during the 2017 California Tour.

The Guadalajara 2011 Pan American champion talks about her experience competing on Kazakhstan’s Astana Women's Team, based in Italy, and participating in the 2018 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour

Mireya, a well-grounded Cuban athlete

Mireya, a well-grounded Cuban athlete

For decades, Cuba has recognized her work, dignity, and accomplishments in Norceca volleyball, as the Northern and Central American and Caribbean regional confederation is known


Renewed hopes as Cuba takes silver

Cuba won silver in the Under-21 World Volleyball Championships.

The Cuban team, managed by Nicolás Vives, defeated Russia -winners of three consecutive Championships - before losing to Poland in the final


Cuba dominates

Julio César La Cruz will be looking to secure his fourth Boxing World Championship crown during the competition taking place this September in Germany.

As expected, Cuba’s men’s boxing team dominated the American Boxing Confederation (AMBC) Continental Championships with a solid performance by its representatives, who secured eight gold and two silver medals in Tegucigalpa, Honduras


Jasiel Rivero going for gold

Jasiel Rivero is one of Cuban basketball’s mainstays.

Under assistant coach Allen Jemmot, the pre-selection roster for the national men’s basketball team is currently training at the Cerro Pelado High Performance Center


Cuba and Brazil qualify for World Championship

Cuba and Brazil qualify for World Championship.

Brazil and Cuba qualified for the Men’s Under-21 Volleyball World Championship, after taking the gold and silver respectively, in the Junior Pan American Cup held May 19-21, in Canada

Basketball in El Salvador

Torres and Valdés win silver


Cuban basketball players Orestes Torres and Lisván Valdés finished second in the last round of El Salvador’s basketball league, after their team Santa Tecla BC lost against Halcones de Sonzacate in the final

Key West-Havana crossing

New powerboat record set!


Jay Johnson and Nigel Hook from the U.S., broke the powerboat record travelling from Key West to Havana on August 17, in one hour 18 minutes and three second

Cuban pitching needs improvement

Norge Luis Vera, a pitcher with excellent control.

There are various reasons why the quality of Cuba’s pitchers has declined. The National Baseball Directorate held a meeting to analyze the causes, which include problems accurately pitching toward the strike zone, and inability to throw inside, given a lack of control and the resulting fear of hitting the batter

The homerun man


For some time now, Claudio Roba has been working on crafting a bat in his carpentry shop that sends the ball backwards. You didn't read that wrong. Challenging physics, this self-taught or "street" craftsman, as he calls himself, believes that such a tool would be very useful in training catchers

Ana Fidelia Quirot: Challenges for Cuban athletics


“Today, our country has a deficit of sprinters and we must remember that there were other times during which figures such as Silvio Leonard, Aurelia Pentón, Silvia Chivás, Alberto Juantorena shone. We want to reach the top positions in short distance sprint events at the Central American and Pan American games”

A return to soccer

A return to soccer.

It took the President of the International Football Association Board (FIFA), Gianni Infantino from Switzerland, only a few hours to gain a good impression of Cuba, traveling to the island for the first time on Saturday, April 29, as part of a working visit to several Caribbean nations


Cuba wins its first game


Yesterday March 7, Cuba defeated China 6-0 in its second game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, underway in the Japanese capital's majestic Tokyo Dome.

Cuba's experience in Culiacán

Beisbol-Serie del Caribe-

CUBA finished its participation in the 59th Caribbean Series held in Culiacán, Mexico, taking fourth place, which does not adequately reflect the accomplishments of the team managed by veteran strategist Carlos Martí, who will lead the country's players to the upcoming 4th World Classic

Andy Baquero Ruiz: A passion for soccer

Baquero is the only Cuban soccer player to have competed in two Futsal World Cups, after participating in the Under-20 tournament in Turkey 2013.

“After competing in Colombia I hope to be called up for Cuba’s eleven-a-side team, set to play a friendly against the U.S. on October 7, in Havana’s Pedro Marrero Stadium”


Another sporting celebration

Another sporting celebration

This September 7 the first Paralympic Games to be held in Latin America were inaugurated, where Cuba is expecting to see many successful performances


Records with a taste of the Olympics

Maikel Massó, Cuba's first under-18 world long jump champion.

The 63rd edition of Cuba's Barrientos Memorial International Athletics Meet, held May 26-29 in Havana's Panamericano Stadium, produced encouraging results in an event in which the country has a long tradition of Olympic success: the long jump


Búfalos: nine time champions in slam dunk victory

The Ciego de Avila Búfalos won the LSB for a ninth time, ratifying their position as ultimate champions.

Ciego de Avila secured a ninth championship and definitive victory in the Superior Basketball League in the final quarter with a score of 68-64 over longstanding rivals Capitalinos of Havana

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Cuba, live coverage here


The Cuban nacional team and the Tampa Bay Rays of the U.S. will play a friendly game this Tuesday afternoon in Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium. This is the second baseball game of this type in the past 17 years.


Hopes riding on three emerging athletes


CUBA has played a leading role over the years in the World Indoor Athletics Championships, with three of its star competitors holding records for the event.

Sights set on Río de Janeiro

Cuban wrestlers looking to Olympics


Cuba is an indisputable global wrestling powerhouse; as demonstrated by its six gold, five silver and seven bronze medals, placing it 15th on the discipline’s historic Olympic medal chart...thus understandably, our gladiators have high hopes of qualifying for the Río de Janeiro Games


That mind-blowing night


“I have much to thank this province for, they gave me the opportunity to grow as a pitcher… I think I owe them, that’s why I work with the youth, in their training and scouting for new talent. I'll never quit baseball.”

A soccer player through and through


42 year old Wilfredo Carbó from Havana and goalkeeper for the Cuban national squad, still feels the desire to go out on the pitch and face off against the most feared center in the world.


Goals, preparation, victory


Sports is once again a hot topic in 2016. Río de Janeiro and its Christ the Redeemer will welcome more than 10,000 athletes competing in over 360 events August 5-21

Cuban shooters at training camps abroad

Leuris Pupo, London 2012 gold medalist, is looking to retain his title at the 2016 Río Games.

A total of seven Cuban sports shooting athletes will undertake training abroad over the coming days, in preparation for the major competitions of this year

2016 Caribbean Baseball Series approaching

The Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo, site of the 2016 Caribbean Baseball Series.

February 1, the champions of Cuba’s 55th National Series, Ciego de Ávila, will have the expectations of the entire country on its shoulders, as the squad takes to the field in this year’s edition of the Caribbean Series, in the Dominican Republic

Tampa Bay, MLB coming to Cuba


Today, in Cuba we can count the number of national players that have measured up against a majority MLB team on one hand, thus the approaching friendly game against the Tam¬pa Bay Rays (March 22), in Havana, will be a golden opportunity for promising national players to experience the quality and strength of a MLB team.

José Armenteros: Stability key to Olympic success


The judoka from Cienfuegos, measuring 1.90 meters, is currently 11th in the world rankings for his category (1,084 points accumulated in 16 tournaments), which are headed by German Karl-Richard Frey (1,952)


No breaks on the tatami in the lead up to Río

José Armenteros hopes to conclude his rise to the top with a medal in Río.

The Pan American Judo Championships came to an end in Havana on April 30, with Brazil once again coming out on top (7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals), this time with Canada in second place (2-5-3), followed by the United States (2-2-1) and Cuba (2-1-8)

A clear shot at development

The historic rivalry between Ciego de Ávila and the Capitalinos of Havana contributes to developing new basketball talents in these areas.

Ciego de Ávila won their ninth crown in the men’s Superior Basketball League (LSB) season with a 4-0 victory over longstanding rivals, the Capitalinos of Havana, while Pinar del Río reclaimed their title in the women’s competition


Thoughts on a fast track

The 4x100m relay team composed of Ruiz, Skyers, Mena and Carrero (left to right) secured an important time of 38.44 in the semifinals, but failed to repeat their success in the final event.

Many personal bests were surpassed, as well as minimum Olympic qualifying times, and best times for the season, while various national records were left far behind

Shaq, a giant in Havana

Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal's visit to the island, as a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy, marks another step in the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States

Three Cuban athletes top world youth rankings


Three young Cuban athletes have already topped the world rankings this year: triple jumper Davisleidis l. Velazco (14.08) and hammer thrower Ayamey Medina (68.98), who share the honor with Cristian A. Nápoles (16.92) also a triple jumper


Guerrero secures a home victory


Cuba’s Osleni Guerrero took the title for the sixth consecutive occasion in the Giradilla International Badminton Tournament, March 26, defeating Italy's Rosario Maddaloni

Solís wins gold in Panama


Cuba’s team competing in the first round of the Pan American Judo Championships held April 28, in Panama City, won a total of one gold and three bronze medals

Double gold for a second time

Leila Martínez (left) and Lidiannis Echevarría.

Cuba’s men’s and women’s teams saw a repeat of their success in La Paz, Baja California, at the beginning of the month, after winning gold in the Norceca Beach Volleyball Tour, held in the Caiman Islands


Cubans bring their rhythm to the land of samba

torneo Internacional de Lucha

The might of Cuban wrestling at the continental level was demonstrated during the Pan-American Championships held in the Brazilian city of Salvador de Bahía, May 5-7