Havana, Sep 1.- Members of the Cuban artistic swimming team will have a different experience next weekend, when they take part in the virtual challenge called by the Panama Federation of the discipline, as another of the variants to maintain motivation in times of Covid-19.
The confirmation that there will be 20 Cubans participating in the competition was offered to Jit by the national commissioner Viviam Segura, who announced that the competition will be evaluated by international judges and elements of figures and routines will be measured “dry”.
"There will be no executions in the pools due to the logical epidemiological restrictions generated by the pandemic, but the important thing is that at least with variations the athletes feel the rigor of an event and keep their spirits up," said Viviam.
Given the impossibility of accessing the Zoom platform –blocked for Cuba– the exercises will be recorded and sent to those in charge of evaluating. It will compete in the categories sub-8 years, sub-12, 13-15 and youth-majors.
One of the novelties that Cuba will present is that for the first time in an international fair it will take a male athlete. Alejandro Pando, a former taekwondo practitioner, is now part of the national team to perform the mixed duet with Soila Valdés.
Since the end of 2015 the presence of men was added in a sport totally for women, but only in world events. However, the acceptance of the change has been conditioning an increase in the number of male athletes.
Even the mixed duet will already be one of the tests to be awarded in the Central American and Caribbean Games of 2022, hence the importance of Cuba having at least one competitor.
These virtual jousts have been held for several months in countries with strength in the discipline such as Mexico and Canada, even the SynchroPanamá Club itself that now takes care of the organization has convened on previous occasions. (Jit) (Photo: File)