Less than two weeks after their compatriots won 97 medals at the XVII Pan Am Games, the Cuban delegation to the V Parapan American Games is set up in Toronto. Following a warm send-off from José Martí airport in Havana, they arrived in the city full of optimism, ready to give their best performances.
Before departing from Cuba Tomas Herrera, President of the National Commission for Assistance to Athletes wished them success on behalf of Cuba’s National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER). “We are convinced that you will return with medals and with the pride of having made the maximum effort in every competition,” he said. “It has become a tradition to expect good results from the the athletes with disabilities; they are ambassadors of Cuba with the full encouragement and recognition of the people behind them,” he added.
Herrera affirmed, “You are ambassadors of the Revolution in sport and your aim is to hold high the flag of dignity and patriotism you have been given.” The delegation was also sent off by INDER President Antonio Becali.
Cuba’s delegation of 57 athletes is one of the 28 national delegations staying together at what is now known as the Parapan American Village. Some 1,600 medal contenders and approximately 1,000 officials, including coaches, medical specialists and support personnel are now housed there.