Havana, Apr 15 – The olympic and world gold medal winner in the 78 kg category, Idalys Ortiz, leads the Cuban woman’s team that will take part in the PanAmerican Judo Championship, set for Guayaquil, Ecuador, on Apr 25-27.
According to the team’s coach Ronaldo Veitia, Ortiz will be followed by the winner in Egypt-2000 Yanet Bermoy (52kg) and Yalennis Castillo, who won silver in the Beijing Olympics of 2008.
The team also includes Dayaris Mestre (44kg), Maria Celia Laborde (48), Aliuska Ojeda (57), Maricet Espinosa (63) and Olga Masferrer (70).
According to Veitia, this will be a warm-up event to get ready for the Grand Prix in Havana, in June, and for the challengers competition to be held in May in Brazil, where Castillo will fight in the over-91kg category.
“This is a trial because we have to take care of Idalys. At the Grand Prix here we will face a big challenge, and we don’t want to disappoint our public. We have to make four good teams, as this is a chance we have as host, Veitia told Cuba’s News Agency.
The Cuban team’s main targets for the season uncludes the 22th Central American and Caribbean Games of Veracruz, Mexico, where the whole team will take part after pocketing seven gold medals and one bronze in the qualifier recently held in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Source. Prensa Latina