From left to right: Weightlifters Yordanis Borrero and Jadier Valladares, and wrestler Roberto Monzón. Photo: Mónica Ramírez

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 two bronze medals now raise Cuba’s medal count in the 2008 Games to 28: three gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze, representing the island’s third best result in Olympic competitions after Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000.
The athletes were presented with their distinctions by José Ramón Fernández, President of the Cuban Olympic Committee, after cases of doping were detected among athletes in the Beijing Games following a reanalysis of samples with improved techniques.
Also participating in the ceremony was Roberto León Richards, first vice president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder).
“It’s a day of glory and honor for Cuban sports. We are committed to our ethics and hold strong values because we’re opposed to cheating. We are serious in all the work we do and are proud to have the athletes that are being recognized and receiving their medals today,” stated Fernández speaking to JIT.
Borrero moved up to third place in the 69kg division after Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia was disqualified. Meanwhile, Valladares (85) rose from fifth to third after Andrei Rybakou of Belarus and Vladimir Sedov from Kazakstan were stripped of their medals.
“This feels like an incredible moment, it’s the reward of years of hard work and sacrifice,” stated Borrero who retired following the 2008 Games.