María Caridad Colón, the first Cuban woman to join the IOC

A few days after the 40th anniversary of that July 25, 1980, when María Caridad Colón became the first Latin American woman to receive an Olympic gold medal, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) elected her this Friday as one of its new members.

Her feat of throwing the javelin to 68.40 meters to win gold in Moscow-80 returns to memory. Putting the name of Cuba so high is a merit that finds the Guantanamo immersed, as it has always done, in the tasks of the sports movement of our country. She will be responsible for bringing the voice of this West Indian Island to the prestigious international organization.

María Caridad Colón, at 62 years of age, becomes the first woman in our country to be part of the IOC, since previously, Porfirio Franca and Álvarez de Campa (1923-1938), Miguel Ángel, also rose to that step Moenck and Peralta (1938-1969), Manuel González Guerra (1973-1993) and Reinaldo González López (1995-2015).

The 136 session of the IOC elected a total of five new members, bringing the number of its assembly to 105: the British Sebastian Coe (gold in 1,500 meters in Moscow-80 and Los Angeles-84), current president of World Athletics; the former President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic; Saudi Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, her country's ambassador to the United States, and Mongolian Battushig Batbold, acting president of its National Olympic Committee.

CHANGES IN OLYMPIC RANKS

Almost when we are one year from the proposed new date for the Tokyo Games, with its inauguration on July 23, the IOC confirmed that there will be modifications in the formats of the pending qualifying events.

At the time it was decided to postpone the four-year classic, there were 57% confirmed places. However, one of the first decisions announced by that body is that four sports have already finished their rankings, with the allocation of the available places for each continent. The disciplines that concluded this process are: cycling (road and track), horse riding (dressage, competition and jumps), field hockey and softball for women.

In accordance with the new reality imposed by COVID-19, the date of June 29, 2021 was enabled for the closing of the classification calendar, so on the following July 5, 18 days before the opening of the event in The Olympic Stadium in Tokyo will be the last day for the final registrations, a responsibility that the National Olympic Committees must fulfill.

The disciplines that still keep their classification systems open are: archery, artistic swimming, baseball (m), 3x3 basketball, boxing, boating (slalom and speed), ornamental jumps, fencing, soccer, golf, gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic and trampoline), handball, karate, open water, modern pentathlon, rugby seven, sailing, shooting, sport climbing, surfing, table tennis, triathlon and water polo.

Within the previous list there are two disciplines that were excepted from the changes in the ages of the possible athletes who aspire to participate in the fight, taking into account the postponement of the Games.

In boxing, fighters must have been born between the 1st. January 1980 and December 2002; while in soccer, the coi confirmed that players who had the right to compete in July 2020 will continue to be eligible in July 2021. Furthermore, the rule of having three athletes per team without age restrictions remains valid.