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Cuba studies allowing women to compete in boxing

Havana, Cuba, Jun 8.- Alberto Puig, president of the Cuban Boxing Federation, said that the possibility of entering the women’s event of this sport in upcoming international competitions is being studied.

The federative told reporters that from the next edition, the organizers of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) will include two divisions for women and will demand to each of the participating countries the compliance with these regulations.
Cuba lacks an organized system for the development of women's boxing, although there are individuals with experience in the practice of this sport and with the potential to successfully participate in foreign competitions, said Puig.
Alberto Puig noted that the International Boxing Association (AIBA by its French acronym) has among its projections to increase the participation of women in top-level contests like the Olympics, even if that decision involves the reduction of seats for the men's event.
Regarding aspirations in the boxing tournament of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, scheduled for August 5 to 21, the executive said that Cuba has a real chance of winning medals in nine of the 10 divisions.
He highlighted that the Cuba Domadores team finished in excellent shape the 6th WSB, where they won the crown by defeating in the final the squad of Great Britain, but he also acknowledged that the Olympic tournament will have a significantly higher quality.
Prior to the Olympics, the members of the Cuban team will hold a training base in Argentina, in order to arrive in optimal conditions to the main competitive engagement of the year, he stated.
To date, Cuba has nine boxers qualified for the great multisport event, and the search for the missing ticket in the 56 kilograms division will be a task to the monarch in London 2012, Robeisy Ramírez, who will attend the Olympic qualifying tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, June from 15 to 22.
The president of the Cuban Boxing Federation recalled that another qualifying tournament will take place from July 3 to 8 in Venezuela, tournament that will have a higher level by the possible presence of professional athletes with interest to attend Rio 2016.
Without making an accurate forecast on the aspirations of his nation, Puig noted that Cuba’s greater choice to opt for gold medals in the Brazilian competition are in the figures of Lazaro Alvarez (60 kg), Roniel Iglesias (69), Arlen Lopez (75) and Julio Cesar la Cruz (81).
Boxing is the main source of medals for Cuba in the history of the Olympic Games, after winning in these events 34 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze medals. (acn)