Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cuba says to aim for top 10 Olympic placing in 2008

People's Daily Online

09:15, September 18, 2007

Cuba will aim to be in the top 10 at the 2008 Olympics in Chinese capital Beijing, Christian Jiminez, president of the Cuban Sports Agency said on Monday.

"This is the commitment that the athletes, coaches, officials and technical staff have made: to give our people the joy of remaining in the 10 ten nations within the Olympic movement. We are not accustomed to failing the people," Jimenez said.

"We are looking for a big performance, like the one in the Rio de Janeiro Games," he added.

He explained that the island's main medals hopes were in athletics, wrestling, weightlifting and taekwondo.

Jiminez made his remarks in Havana's airport after welcoming the nation's judo team home from the Rio de Janeiro World Cup.

At the airport, Driulis Gonzalez, the world's 63kg champion, said she would retire after the 2008 Games.

"I am tired of so much training and so many competitions," said Gonzalez, who had won her category at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and won her third World Cup in Rio.

Source: Xinhua

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