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Pedro Roque, head coach of Cuba’s boxing team, was granted here the 2008 Best Coach Award by the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA).

"I accept this award on behalf of my colleagues whom for years have contributed with their knowledge, initiatives and dedication to the Cuban School of Boxing," said Roque at the ceremony held in Moscow.

"I especially refer to the trainers working at the base, at times without resources, at a rural or mountain town, through whom Cuban boxing has an endless reserve."

Roque attends the 1st World Boxing Cup underway at the Mega Sport Complex in Moscow, where his eight-member team reached semi-finals unbeaten.

The above reminds the young squad that Roque took to Beijing 2008 Olympics to deal with a challenge they were not ready for yet and for whom the coach requested a vote of confidence.

Four silver and four bronze medals proved Roque was right and explains the unanimous support vote from executives, referees, trainers and athletes at the ceremony at Moscow’ Crowne Plaza hotel.

Also awarded at the gala were Chinese Li Qinshang (best referee), Irish Katie Taylor (best female boxer) and Mongolian Badar Uugang Enkbat (best male boxer).

Source: CubaSi

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