Cuba and Belize strengthen sports ties

The presidents of the Olympic committees of both countries held talks on Thursday at Ciudad Deportiva.

By: Duanys Hernández Torres


Havana.- ROBERTO León Richards, president of the Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) and first vice president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder), received Hilberto Martinez, president of the Belize Olympic Committee, at Ciudad Deportiva on Thursday.

“One of the intentions of the Cuban Olympic Committee is to strengthen the bonds of friendship with the countries of the region, especially the English-speaking countries, to create superior strength among sports organizations,” said the Cuban director.

Hilberto Martinez thanked Cuba for the sports technical assistance it provides to his country since 2004, which has allowed ostensibly to grow in results at the Central American level.

One of the objectives of the visit of the Belizean sports leader was the hiring of Cuban coaches from various disciplines, such as tennis, table tennis, volleyball and athletics, the latter in the area of throws and sprints.

“In June we will return for the extension of contracts in these sports and to request more coaches,” said the visitor.

He also commended the work of José Peláez, president of the Cuban Cycling Federation, who helps with the participation of Belize athletes in training bases and competitions on the island.

The president of the Olympic Committee of Belize formally invited his Cuban counterpart to visit the country so they can continue to strengthen the links between two friendly nations.