In each event that you go out on the ground in defense of that flag, the people of Cuba will be there with you, despite the distance, said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz, in the flag to the delegation Cuban woman who will represent us in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
We are very proud of you, just for having obtained the qualification for the multisport event, in the midst of such adverse circumstances due to the pandemic and, above all, due to the intensification of the North American blockade, which has directly impacted the movement. sports, also meant the member of the Political Bureau.
In reading the athletes’ commitment, the youngest of the delegation, Robiel Yanquiel, assured that Cuban athletes will be exponents of honor, combativeness and attachment to the values that distinguish our people.
He also highlighted the position of support of the athletes to the Revolution, in these complex moments in which the enemies try to disunite us.
During the event, a wreath was placed in front of the statue of the Apostle, by the hand of the parapesman Leydis Rodríguez and the paracorridor Leinier Savón.
Marrero Cruz delivered the national ensign to the parathlete Omara Durand and the paranater Lorenzo Pérez, standard bearers of the Antillean delegation, escorted by the representatives of the field and track, Leonardo Díaz and Ángel Jiménez.
Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, also a member of the Party’s Political Bureau and general secretary of the Cuban Workers’ Central (CTC), specified that the Cuban delegation will be made up of 39 people, who, with their work, will seek to increase the historical medal count of the Greater Antilles in Paralympic championships, in which they have archived 89 medals so far, since their first foray into Barcelona-92.
“The 16 para-athletes who will represent us in Tokyo-2020 will compete in athletics, swimming, cycling, judo, shooting, weights and table tennis, and seven will be those who repeat the experience, after intervening in Rio-2016,” explained Guilarte.
The event was also attended by Raúl Fornés, acting president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), and Alberto Juantorena, head of the Cuban Paralympic Committee, as well as other leaders of the Party, of the Government and representatives of the mass organizations.