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Cuba aspires to keep the second place in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July, said Angel Iglesias, vice-president of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) Monday here.

In his intervention before the Commission of Health and Sports of the sixth legislature of the People's Power National Assembly, Iglesias specified that more than 5,000 athletes of 42 nations will take part in the continental sport event.

With a delegation of almost 800 members, of them 483 athletes, Iglesias aimed that Cuba will fight to remain in the second place reached in the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, in 1971, and ratified in the seven remaining editions.

In the 1991 edition in Havana, Cuba got the first place, the only occasion in which US has not headed the medal pole position in these quadrennial continental events.

Iglesias did not specify an approximate number of medals to be obtained by Cuban representatives, and said that Cuban athletes will compete in 245 of the 332 conventional disciplines.

Only Yurisleydis Lupetey (judo) and Yanelis Labrada (tae kwon do) are not going to be in competition because of injuries, something that he highlighted because it shows the advance of the Cuban sport medicine.

The registering of national competitors will be coming July 2.

Source: CubaSi

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