Havana, Oct 24 (Prensa Latina) Asian and African sports leaders have expressed their solidarity with Cuba and condemned the economic blockade of the United States against the Caribbean island, during the International Congress Cubamotrocity-2018, the sports news website Jit highlights on Wednesday.
This media outlet indicates that in conversation with the president of the Cuban Institute of Sports (INDER), Antonio Becali, the visitors praised the possibility of strengthening ties as part of existing relations between their countries.
Vuong Bich Thang, director of the Vietnamese Sports Administration, advocated for concrete exchanges of officials and competitors, hiring boxing, track and volleyball coaches, and designing actions in the scientific-technical field.
He also confirmed his nation’s willingness to contribute to fitting-out of the Cuban Olympic team to Tokyo-2020.
For his part, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Sports and Recreation, Daouda Azoupiou, ratified his country’s support for the fight to end the U.S. blockade, which he described as unfairly imposed against the Cuban people.
Becali also met with the secretary general of the Ministry of Sports and president of Mali’s Olympic Committee, Habib Sissoko, who highlighted the outcome of what he considered an ‘exemplary collaboration’.
The most emotional moment was when the Cuban host and the Minister of Sport and Recreation of the Republic of South Africa, Tokozile Xaxa, recalled the roles of Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela in the struggle for a better world.
The African official said that ‘we defend sport’s value to join people and, as such, the centenary of Mandela’s birth is an excellent moment to strengthen ties between our peoples’. The Cuban sports leader assured that the thought of the historical leader of the Revolution continues to inspire the work of sports in Cuba that shares its knowledge and expertise, and holds the level of its human resources as a conquest of the project which placed it at everyone’s reach.
Cubamotricidad-2018 International Congress is taking place this week at the Convention Palace of Havana, and it has a broad agenda summoned by the World Organization of Stimulation, Education and Child Development, the International Association of Physical Education and Sports for Girls and Women, the International Association of Sport for All, and INDER.