Agencia Cubana de Noticias (AIN) reported yesterday that La Habana won a goalball competition held in honor of the sixty-first anniversary of the assault on Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes. It was the third time the event had been held. Cienfuegos finished second, and Pinar del Río finished third. Maikel Rodríguez Cedeño led the competition in scoring with 30.
AIN says that Asociación Nacional del Ciego’s secretary of sport Pedro Leonard said goalball is the first team sport for people with visual impairments. AIN is not clear if Leonard meant in Cuba or historically amongst all sports created for people with vision impairments. Leonard went on to talk about how other individual sports have been adapted for people with visual impairments, including swimming, athletics and judo. He is also referenced as having said Cuba has medaled at the Paralympics in these sports.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Cuba won 17 total medals, their best performance at the Games. 11 of the medals came in athletics, 4 in judo and 2 in swimming. Beyond sports where Cuba won medals, the country sent three cyclists though none of their cyclist are competing at the World Cup event being held in Segovia, Spain this weekend. The team also included two powerlifters, and a shooter. The shooter does not appear to be competing in this week’s world championships in Suhl, Germany.