Havana, Apr 12 - Only six of the eight Cuban judo athletes committed to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, postponed for next summer, are in Mexico, the venue for the Pan-American Championship, scheduled to take place on the 15th and 16th in Guadalajara.
Dr. Uvelino Moreno, doctor of the delegation, informed via Facebook to the Cuban News Agency that the small group complies with the health protocols established by the organizers and that the six are suitable to climb the tatamis of the continental tournament, which awards points for the multisport event in the Japanese capital.
Idalis Ortiz, weighing more than 78 kilograms (kg), leads the group together with Maylín del Toro (63 kg), Kaliema Antomachi (78 kg) and Magdiel Estrada (73 kg) –for the continental quota and one for nations-, four of the six Cubans who appear in the Olympic qualification zone –18 from each of the 14 divisions and one from each country.
The list of participants is completed by Orlando Polanco (66 kg) and Arnaes Odelín (57 kg), who seek to be included in the select list, all led by Yordanis Arencibia and Julio Alderete, heads of the female and male technical groups , respectively.
The other two Cubans in the area are Andy Granda (more than 100 kg) and Iván Silva (90 kg), who are still in isolation.
Previously, the disciples of Arencibia and Alderete completed a training camp in Tbilisi, Georgia, the venue after the Grand Slam of that city, but only with the presence of Granda, who achieved bronze and 500 points, Polanco and Estrada, both with a victory and one defeat, and 120 units.
Then, Polanco, with one won and one lost, and Estrada, who fell in the debut, climbed onto the tatamis of the Grand Slam in Antalya, Turkey, where they later participated in the training camp with Ortiz, del Toro, Antomarchi and Odelín , after testing negative for PCRs performed in Georgia.
Silva and Granda could not be in the training base of the Antalya contest, since both were in isolation, and now they do not appear among those registered in the event, according to the website www.ijf.org .
The organizers of the Guadalajara contest expect the presence of 116 judocas -64 men and 52 women- from 20 countries. (Text and photo: ACN