According to Ruperto Herrera, the general secretary of Cuba’s National Olympic Committee, around 400 athletes are expected to compete at this year’s Pan American Games in Santiago.
He cited Cuba’s tradition of participation in the competition in an interview with Prensa Latina Herrera, who is also a member of the Panam Sports Coordination Commission.
Some athletes have already been guaranteed spots for Santiago 2023, while others will compete in qualifying events, including the Central American and Caribbean Games beginning in El Salvador in a few months.
He spoke when he visited Chile as part of his work for the Coordination Commission, which monitors preparations for the Pan American Games, scheduled for October 20 to November 5, and the Parapan American Games, scheduled for November 17 to 26. Herrera won bronze at the Munich 1972 Olympics as a member of the Cuban basketball team.
Herrada highlighted boxing, judo, wrestling, combat sports, athletics, and baseball as traditional areas of Cuban achievement.
When he visited the Villa Panamericana headquarters, which has a capacity of around 5,000 people, he observed that the work was proceeding on schedule.
More than 20 years ago, Herrera was a member of the national basketball team.
Five Central American and Caribbean Games, the same number of Pan American Games, and four Olympic Games were among the events in which he competed.
In 2015, Herrera was inducted into the International Basketball Federation Hall of Fame, and in 2019, he received the International Olympic Committee Olympic Order, which is the highest honor an athlete can receive.