Fidel and his indelible mark on the Cuban sports

Fidel and his indelible mark on the Cuban sports

Fidel Castro Ruz (1926-2016), who was a defender of the right of people to practice sports and who also was the main inspirer of the Cuban sporting triumphs in the last 50 years, left an indelible mark on the athletic movement of this Caribbean nation.

And it is that the Leader of the Cuban Revolution, this August 13th would have been 94 years old, as a man of the people with the soul of an athlete, he was at all times close to the athletes of a small country that, little by little, became a giant in the international competitive scene.

Beloved by all a people who learned to follow his example, Fidel won the sympathy and the affection of every Cuban athlete who, with his results, rewarded his brilliant idea of ​​taking the sport to every corner of the national territory.

Without him, it would have been very difficult to achieve all the Olympic and world medals that today the Cuban sports movement proudly exhibits after having such exponents like Alberto Juantorena, Teofilo Stevenson, Felix Savon, Ana Fidelia Quirot, Javier Sotomayor, and Mijain Lopez, among others.

They, along with many others who brought and bring glory to Cuba in dissimilar competitive scenarios, are the fruit of a Revolution that saw the birth of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) on February 23rd, 1961.

It was the hand of Fidel which made possible the elimination of professionalism in 1962, thus permitting from that moment on the abandonment of the commercialization of sports for good, then giving way to the physical activity as a right of the people, a massive activity that years later and even today still pays off.

That is why in each medal won his immense legacy will be present, which we will never forget, said once Ana Fidelia, who is a double world champion in athletics.

All of Cuba will celebrate on Thursday, August 13th, the 94th anniversary of the birth of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, by paying a well-deserved tribute to an exceptional man who led the triumph of a Revolution of the humble, by the humble, and for the humble.