The first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and president of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, won this Saturday in the Portocarrero hall of the Council of State of the Cuban delegation that will participate in the 19th. Pan American Games Santiago 2023.
The Cuban head of state handed the flag to the multi-awarded Idalys Ortiz and Julio César La Cruz, who were escorted by the boxers Arlen López and Lázaro Álvarez, the canoeist Yarisleydis Cirilo and the triple jumper Leyanis Perez.
Basque pelota athlete Daniela Darriba reads the athletic oath, a commitment to the Cuban sports movement, tradition and people.
Jorge Luis Broche Lorenzo, member of the secretariat of the Central Committee of the Party and head of the department of attention to the social sector, gave the central words of the event, where he emphasized the virtues, sportsmanship and challenges of the Antillean delegation. , consisting of 365 members. .
“They are the first Pan American Games after a pandemic that has demanded the country’s resources, amid a siege on all fronts.
“But we found alternatives for the preparations, the critical routes. There is more to do, but we live with the pride of representing this land of champions. That’s why our motto is: With more challenges, more commitments,” said Broche.
Also present were Jorge Luis Perdomo Di Lella, Cuban deputy prime minister; Osvaldo Vento Montiller, president of Inder and Roberto León Richards, head of the Cuban Olympic Committee.
In the continental competition, scheduled in Santiago de Chile from October 20 to November 5, Cuba will seek between 18 to 20 titles, eight to 12 silver and 36 to 40 bronze.