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Cuba may start competing in female boxing

Cuba is studying the possibilityto to start competing in female boxing in upcoming international events, said Alberto Puig, President of the Cuban Federation of Boxing.

9 de junio de 2016 - Taken from Cubadebate

Cuba is studying the possibility to start competing in female boxing in upcoming international events, said Alberto Puig, President of the Cuban Federation of Boxing.

Exchanging with the press, Puig commented that from the upcoming edition, the organizers of the Boxing World Series will include two girls' divisions and will demand from each of the participating nations the fulfillment of this rule.

According to Alberto, Cuba lacks of an organized system for the development of the female boxing, although there are individualities with experience in this sphere and potentialities to participate with success in foreign competitions.

He also stated the the International Association of Boxing has, among its purposes, to increase the participation of women in first-class events, such as the Olympics; still when this decision implies a reduction in the number of men.

As regards to the aspirations on the verge of the Olympics boxing tournament, scheduled for August 5-21, in Rio de Janeriro, the director affirmed that Cuba has real possibilities of wining medals in nine of the 10 summoned divisions.

The President of the Cuba's Federation of Boxing added that the Cuban Tamers' obtained excellent results at the 6th World Series, winning in the final before Great Britain, though he recognized that the Olympics will have a much higher quality.

Prior to the big event, the Cuban team will be training hard in Argentina, to be in an excellent shape for the competition.

So far, our nation has nine boxers classified for the Olymplics, and the missing pugilist in the 56 kilogram division will be Robeisy Ramirez -2012 London winner, who will participate in the Pre-Olympic tournament to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 15-22.

The President of the Cuban Federation of Boxing remembered that there will be another qualified tournament from July 3-8, in Venezuela, having a higher level due to the presence of professional athletes participating in Río 2016.

Without issuing an exact forecast on the Cuban aspirations, Alberto Puig meant that the best options for obtaining gold medals in the Brazilian city are Lazaro Alvarez (60 kilos), Roniel Iglesias (69), Arlen Lopez (75) and Julio Cesar la Cruz (81).

Boxing has been the main source of medals for Cuba in the history of the Olympic Games, after winning 34 gold, 19 silver and 14 bronze of these in those competitions.