Havana, Feb 25.- Cuban rowers committed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed for next summer, are already in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the pre-Olympic of America will develop.
After traveling to France to continue to Rio de Janeiro, the disciples of Joan Manuel Paula are under Covid-19 quarantine.
Paula, head of the technical team, supported by Dr. Rita Martínez, leads the small delegation of three crews - two singles (1x male and female) open weight and a double pair of short light oars (2xHPL).
In search of tickets are the singlists Carlos Andrei Ajete and Milena Venegas, and the pair of Alexei Carballosa-Osvaldo Pérez, in the double pair, who will begin training in the Rodrigo de Freitas lake when they finish the quarantine.
As reported, the big absentee is the singlist Ángel Fournier, Olympic finalist in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and multi-medalist in championships and world cups, who unexpectedly requested retirement.
Nor did the single specialist Yariulvis Cobas, champion at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 in the double pair (2x) and silver medalist in four pairs (4x).
Due to the number of places that will be distributed by modality for the Japanese event, the best chances of achieving them are in the single, since the first five places in the A Finals will get the place.
Ajete's best international results are the collective boats, and proof of this is the Pan American Games in Lima 2019, where he won silver medals in the 4x and bronze in eight with a helmsman (8+) and a fourth without a helmsman (4-).
For his part, Venegas got the bronze metal on the single, but light weight, as on the 2x.
Carballosa joined Perez in the 4xHPL that won the bronze medal in the Peruvian continental competition, and ranked fourth in the 2xHPL.
This will be the only qualifying possibility for rowers from the Americas region, hence the importance of achieving good results. (Text and photo: ACN)