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Camagüey: host of the Cuban Athletics team for Tokyo 2021



On July 24, Tokyo, Japan, must be abuzz. But Covid-19, which has paused so many projects, prevented it. On March 24, what was imminent was confirmed: the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games for next year. Something unusual, because until then, only the two World Wars had caused the suspension of the appointment under the five rings.

But the safety of athletes, in the midst of the pandemic that has hit us nine months ago, was much more important, although the extension of the Games was a controversial measure and one that tried to be avoided by all means.

The Olympics already have a new date (as of July 23, 2021), and as the vice president of the International Olympic Committee recently said, "it will be the Games that defeated the Coronavirus, the light at the end of the tunnel."

In Cuba, since the beginning of this month, athletes have returned to outdoor practice. The Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation outlined the strategy of conducting training bases in territories with a more favorable epidemiological situation than the capital.

Thus, Camagüey is currently hosting the national athletics team. Here, they have the right conditions to exercise: a polytan covered court that makes it the best in the country, and a muscular gym equipped with first world technology.

Long hours of training, in which strict sanitary protocols must be followed for the safety of athletes, are the key to surpass personal records and climb to the top of the Olympic podium. (Arailaisy Rosabal García / Radio Cadena Agramonte and Marieli Suaid Núñez / Journalism student) (Photos: Humberto Cid González).