OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

4TH WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

Open house with the Cuban national team

Open house with the Cuban national team

Jonder Martínez will take the place of star pitcher Freddy Asiel Álvarez in a last minute change, with Lázaro Blanco, Vladimir García and Vladimir Baños, as the main openers. Negotiations with Major League Baseball in the U.S continue but will not impact this competition

Ceremonial send-off for Cuban team to play in World Baseball Classic

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A ceremonial send-off for the team set to play in the 4th World Baseball Classic was held in Havana's José Martí Memorial yesterday, February 16, with Alfredo Despaigne serving as the flag-bearer, escorted by Lázaro Blanco and Carlos Benítez, also members of the national title-winning Sorrels of Granma

A recap of Beijing 2008

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The successful investigations by the International Olympic Committee against users of banned substances have greatly changed the results of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Carlos Martí and his championship strategy

Cuban baseball’s longest-serving active manager can now add a National Series trophy to his display case.

The 68 year old strategist, both a strict disciplinarian and motivator, led Granma’ Alazanes (Sorrels) during a season which saw them cast as the underdogs from the outset

“Cuban wrestling is in very good health”

Yasmani Lugo (right), Río 2016 silver medalist in the 98kg division is currently recovering from an injury.

Talking to Filiberto Azcuy is like receiving a lesson on the current state of Greco-Roman wrestling in Cuba. Always frank, direct, and unafraid to share his thoughts on the sport to which this double Olympic Champion and head coach of the Cuban national team has dedicated the greater part of his life

Bernardinho leaves but his legacy remains

Father and son, Bernardinho and Bruno Rezende, respectively.

The masterful creator of a spirit of determination in his students is bidding farewell to Brazil’s national volleyball team, and a sport that will continue to beat on in his heart

CUBAN NATIONAL BASEBALL SERIES

Granma, a new champion!

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In an epic playoff final, the Granma Sorrels swept two-time champions Ciego de Ávila to win their first title in the 56th National Baseball Series

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Brimming with passion!

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Four teams, the survivors after a long 90-game season, are vying for the ultimate title of Cuba’s national sport: that of the 56th edition of the National Baseball Series. Twelve squads failed to make the cut, including historic teams such as Industriales and Pinar del Río

The Titan Tropic in Cuba

The Titan Tropic in Cuba

Behind the sharp rivalry among the leaders and the great effort of others just to complete the course, is a complicated logistic challenge, to guarantee the functioning of the race and the comfort of participants

TITAN TROPIC CUBA

Marlies and Tamayo, champions of the tropics

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The Titan Tropic Cuba competition features more than 400 kilometers of pure mountain biking. A total of 148 cyclists push themselves to the extreme during all stages, facing a multitude of obstacles typical of the exuberant Caribbean natural landscapes

JAVIER SOTOMAYOR

Fidel is inspiration and motivation

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Speaking to Granma International, high-jump world record holder Javier Sotomayor noted “Fidel is inspiration and motivation, an example to follow. He was always with us before, during, and after every competition, wanting to know of all of the details. This is why I am, and always will be, an eternal Fidelista”

Bolt and Thompson, the region's Athletes of the Year

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NACAC President Víctor López, in Havana for the 5th NACAC Women’s Congress reported that Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson were chosen as the male and female 2016 North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Athletes of the Year

The great slugger of Cuban baseball

The great slugger of Cuban baseball.

Tributes from the nation’s sporting community in recognition of his unconditional support to the movement immediately started to arrive after the nation received the news of the passing of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, November 25

Golf icon Gary Placer visits Cuba

Legendary South African golfer Gary Player held a clinic at Varadero’s Xanadu Mansion golf course.

“Golf attracts tourism, which will increase with the development of the sport. This is the vision that Cuba could have, because it has exquisite natural riches, great beauty, that is to say, enormous potential to attract more travelers and more money”

Latinoamericano Stadium turns 70! (+Photos)

Latinoamericano Stadium turns 70!

Havana's Grand Cerro Stadium, now the Latinoamericano, has hosted all types of events, from gymnastics meets to legendary baseball games as part of the 14th Central American-Caribbean Games and the 11th Pan Americans

Usain Bolt bids farewell to athletics

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The news that the fastest man in the world will retire following the London 2017 World Championships in Athletics, to be held August 5-13, has moved fans

SPORT SHOOTING

Pupo is here to stay

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Rapid fire shooter Leuris Pupo talks about his experience in Río 2016

YOUTH WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cuba will put up a good fight against strong rivals

Alberto Puig de la Barca says the Cuban team is looking to lead the event.

With the goal of wining its 16th title, Cuba will send nine boxers to the Youth World Boxing Championships in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, set to take place November 17-26

ATHLETICS

Lescay's 43.6 seconds in the 4x400

Lescay (center) turned in an outstanding time in the last stretch of the 4X400 relay in Río de Janeiro.

Yoandys Lescay qualified for the individual 400 meters semifinals at this summer’s Olympics with a time of 45.00. In the relay, his take-off in motion, along with a blazing performance, to support the team effort, was recorded at 43.60 seconds, the best in Río

A tight race in Cuba’s National Baseball Series

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Now, with only a week to go until the end of the first 45 game round, only two teams have just about qualified, while an intense battle between nine squads for the six remaining slots is underway

The rise of Yorgelis Rodríguez

The javelin throw is one of Yorgelis’ strongest events.

During the most recent Olympic Games in Río, the young Cuban athlete placed seventh in the heptathlon, tallying 6,481 points in the seven-event competition, setting a national record

The kings of Greco-Roman wrestling

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From the mats aboard the Cerro Pelado, the ship which transported Cuban athletes to the 10th Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, to the Carioca Arena in Rio de Janeiro…Cuban Greco-Roman style gladiators have demonstrated the Caribbean nation’s international supremacy in this discipline

The legacy of Ariel Pestano

The legacy of Ariel Pestano

Interview with the player many consider the best catcher in Cuban baseball, who will bid farewell to the diamond this Saturday, in his native Caibarién

2016 Paralympic Games

Farewell to Río 2016

Ernesto Blanco proved to be the biggest surprise of the Cuban delegation, winning the T47 400 meters event.

Ernesto Blanco proved to be the biggest surprise of the Cuban delegation, winning the T47 (athletes with upper limb impairments) 400 meters event

Cuba's experience in Culiacán

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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”

2016 PARALYMPIC GAMES

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

BARRIENTOS MEMORIAL ATHLETICS MEET

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL FINAL

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

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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.

CUBA & WORLD INDOOR ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hopes riding on three emerging athletes

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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

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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

BASEBALL AS ALWAYS

That mind-blowing night

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“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

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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.

CUBAN ATHLETICS LOOKING TOWARD RÍO

Goals, preparation, victory

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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

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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

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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)

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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

THE IBERO-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ATHLETICS AND AN OLYMPIC REHEARSAL

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

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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

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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

Brazil: The giant pursues a dream

Judoka Sarah Menezes, gold medalist in London 2012, will again represent her country.

The host of the Summer Games will have a delegation of 460 athletes competing, aspiring to place among the top ten countries in the medal count

Cuba’s first paralympic medal

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Cuba’s Yunidis Castillo led the F47 long jump competition until the last round, when she was surpassed by New Zealander Anna Grimaldi

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