— Published 20 May 2021

Cuba suspends all its competitions

Cuba

The preparation of Cuban athletes for the Tokyo Games is becoming increasingly complex. According to the Prensa Latina agency, the country’s authorities have decided to suspend all competitions planned in the country until July 31st, 2021, after the opening of the next Olympic Games. This measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 concerns national and international events. The Cuban selected athletes will be able to train, but without being able to test themselves during competition, if not abroad. But travel restrictions will considerably reduce their possibilities to go outside the country in the next two months. A statement from the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation only pinpoints certain athletic competitions, approved by health authorities, that will be allowed to take place before July 31st. These competitions will be reserved for athletes preparing the Tokyo Games and will be held behind closed doors, without the presence of the media. Cuba has registered more than 126,000 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 826 deaths.