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ALBA Games
Cuba becomes today a sports fiesta for Latin American and Caribbean integration, fraternity and solidarity with the inauguration of the 3rd Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Games at 4:00 p.m. in the Sports City Coliseum in Havana.

Competitions will take place in all 14 provinces and in the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud, with a good portion of the best of the region’s athletes plus participants from other European and African nations. The program includes 30 competing sports and 4 in exhibition.

Yesterday, the organizers reported that 1,104 participants (786 athletes and 318 officials) are in Cuba from 18 countries with others expected in the evening.

The countries with athletes already in Cuba are: Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Panama, Haiti, France, Popular Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Germany, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Canada.

The opening ceremony will include more than 1,000 persons participating and is designed as an artistic-sports gala with the presence of 600 students from the Manuel Fajardo Superior Institute of Physical Culture who will make a human scoreboard. There will also be children’s gymnastics, a gymnastic composition of elderly, as well as dance and music for everyone’s enjoyment.

The different venues

The following are the venues for the different sports: Pinar del Rio (tennis and Volleyball); La Habana Province (canoeing and rowing); City of Havana (athletics, diving, swimming, cycling, fencing, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, field hockey, speed skating, jai alai, pentathlon, sports shooting, and racquetball and apnea, the latter two in exhibition; and Matanzas (synchronized swimming and weightlifting).

Likewise, in Cienfuegos (water polo, judo); Villa Clara (taekwondo and baseball); Sancti Spiritus (archery, wrestling and artistic skating); Ciego de Avila (basketball, softball (m) and beach volleyball); Camaguey (chess); Las Tunas (indoor soccer); Holguin (ping pong and bola criolla in exhibition); Granma (women’s soccer and rugby, in exhibition); Santiago de Cuba (boxing, handball, soccer (m) and softball (f); Guantanamo (karate); and the Isla de la Juventud (triathlon).

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