Para-athletes Robiel Yanquiel Sol and Felipa Hechavarria will carry the Cuban flag on Colombian soil. Photo: Roberto Morejon Rodriguez/JiT Author: Roberto Morejon Rodriguez/JIT
A delegation of inexperienced athletes will travel to Bogotá, Colombia to compete in the 5th. The Parapan American Youth Games have received a national flag to accompany them to this continental event, which will begin on June 2nd and end on the 12th of the same month.
According to Jit, Paralympic champion and world long jump record holder Robiel Jankiel Sol (T46) and his colleague Felipa Hechavarria, who received it from Ariel Sainz, vice president of Inder, were responsible for carrying the flag.
In an action that took place at Cerro Pelado’s High Performance Athlete Training School (Esfaar), Adelvis Durán read out the commitment of the island’s athletes who will travel to the Colombian capital with the aim of not only winning the maximum possible number of medals, but doing their best on behalf of the country.
Raul Fornes Valenciano, Inder’s Senior Vice President, underlined the dedication of this group of young athletes, and reaffirmed the institution’s commitment to continue to develop and support people with special needs to become national champions as well.
Cuba will have 21 athletes divided into the disciplines of paraathletics (6), paraswimming (5), para heavyweight (3), parajudo (1), goalball (4) and para table tennis (2). .
In addition, sports such as boccia, football for the blind, computer football, sitting volleyball, basketball and wheelchair tennis were convened. More than 900 athletes from 21 countries will take part in the competition, all under the age of 21, according to official Panam Sports figures.
Source: Juventud Rebelde