Santiago de Cuba,(ACN) Athletics is one of the sports in Santiago de Cuba that contributes the most, with four qualifiers, to the Tokyo Olympic Games that will be held from July 23 to August 8, he told the ACN Angel Luis Videaux provincial commissioner.
Luis Enrique Zayas, high jumper, the discobala Yaime Pérez, the runner Zurian Echavarría and the long jumper Maikel Massó show satisfactory results in the preparatory tournaments and with prospects of reaching a medal in the Olympics, said the manager.
The Covid-19 prevented the realization of provincial and national competitions of the beautiful sport, as well as the stoppage of training in the Hero City, hence the need to adapt other methods of work with athletes.
We plan physical preparations according to current conditions to prevent athletes from losing their shape, and coaches maintain communication via telephone and social networks, Videaux said.
There are 12 athletes from Santiago in the national team, an enrollment of 85 in the Captain Orestes Acosta Sports Initiation School, four of them disabled, the commissioner stressed.
Zurian Echavarría was crowned world champion on May 2, in the 4×100 meter dash with a time of three minutes 28 seconds and 41 hundredths.
On the other hand, Yaimé Pérez, champion of Doha 2019, added a new victory in an athletic rally in Leverkusen, Germany, in which he achieved a mark of 63.33 meters, as well as last month he achieved gold in a stop in Doha, Qatar of the League del Diamante and in Hengelo.
Maikel Massó managed to take his maximum record to 8.39, with a third position in the ranking of the season, while Luis Enrique Zayas obtained third place at the meeting in Nehvizdy, Czech Republic.