Team Captain, Yulieski Gourriel, Receives National Flag
2013.02.14 - 13:01:34 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- A message of salutations by the five Cuban anti-terrorist fighters held in the US was read at the ceremony held at Havana’s Jose Marti Memorial, where the Cuban team that will contest the 3rd Baseball Classic was handed over the National Flag that will accompany the collective during the world championship.
The letter, signed by Antonio Guerrero, also conveyed greetings from Fernando González, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino and René González, all knonw as the Cuban Five.
In the message, Guerrero referred the trust laid on the Cuban athletes who, he stressed, will do their best to take the name of their country at the highest level.
Cuban government vice-president Miguel Diaz-Canel handed over the National Flag to team captain Yulieski Gourriel, who was escorted by his colleagues Ismel Jimenez and Freddy Asiel Alvarez.
Team members Afredo Despaigne and Andy Ibanez laid a wreath at the monument of National Hero Jose Marti on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of his birthday.
Vice-president Díaz-Canel said Cuba looks forwards to the revitalization of Baseball, which is the island’s national sports, as well to its comprehensive improvement.
This includes a better preparation of coaches and trainers, the application of scientific results and the implementation of new ways to identify talents and the rescue of the competitive program at national and international competitions.
The Cuban baseball team will travel on Thursday to Asia in order to star a series of preparatory games with the professional leagues of China Taipei and Japon, and with the national team from The Netherlands.
Cuba will join the World Baseball Classic on March 3 against Brazil, and later against China and Japan.
The ceremony was attended by Olga Lidia Tapia, member of Cuba’s Communist Party Secretariat; Christian Jimenez, president of the National Sports Institute, and other government officials.