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Great Revolution in Sports

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It is impossible to measure or evaluate in figures what was contributed by the Cuban Revolution in sports and physical culture in terms of health, recreation, physical and well-being, joys, emotions, dignity and national pride. This is the case in Holguin, as in the rest of the provinces. It is also difficult to list the oportunities and so many resources made available to the general population and their sporting talents.
But this work of the Revolution has other achievements that can be quantified, although their exact figures are not known, related to the construction of facilities, educational-sports centers and graduates as teachers, coaches and other specialists. And their contributions not only in Cuba, but also in neighbouring countries.

In this new anniversary of the creation of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), I also reflected on relevant results that can be expressed in numbers in this eastern region of Cuba.

No athlete trained in the territory was able to attend an international event before 1959, so they did not have the possibility of opting for medals.

Some who were born in this region, became athletes in other regions and had better luck.

However, from 1961 to the present, thousands of Holguin sports people have attended international events and already add, in medals contributed to the Homeland, 258 golds, 147 silvers and 120 bronzes, if we only consider seven of the main official competitions: Olympic Games, Universities games, Championships and World Cups, Youth and Cadet World Championships, Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games.

Judoka Legna Verdecia (52 kilograms) is the only athlete (including men) from Holguin that has been a Champion in all those events. In addition, she is part of the Holguin team of olympic and world champions, along with boxer Mario Kindelan (60 kilos), volleyball player Martha Sanchez and baseball players Osvaldo Fernandez and Alberto Hernandez.

Kindelan is the only one of this territory, in an individual discipline, two Olympic champion and three world champion. In sports collective, the baseball player Alberto Hernandez added two Olympic golds and in world-wide the legendary baseball player Fermin Laffita totaled five crowns.
Calixto González Betancourt
Author: Calixto González Betancourt
Master en Comunicación Social, Licenciado en Periodismo. Especializado en temáticas deportivas. Responsable de la Columna “En esta Serie” por más de 30 años.
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