Cuba suspends all sports competitions amid rise in COVID cases

Cuba island has decided to suspend all national and international sports competitions in the country until July 31 as the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise.

Cuba: The government of Cuba island has decided to suspend all national and international sports competitions in the country until July 31 as the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise.

The most recent numbers show that Cuba had a new daily COVID-19 case spike of 1,383 – as cases have constantly been increasing since late December. According to the statistics, 12 individuals died in Cuba on 18 May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On suspending the sports competition the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation – INDER in a statement asserted, “We consider it appropriate to recall that the measure gives continuity to the provisions regarding the cancellation and or postponement of competitive and other kinds of events, due to the health condition caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Adding to this, the statement explained that domestic competitions approved for athletics would take place behind closed doors without media presence and for the athletes who are training for this year’s re-arranged Olympics in Tokyo, with full COVID-19 prevention measures in place.

In the month of January, INDER dropped all national and international tournaments scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 1,339 new virus cases and eight deaths have been recorded on the Island on 19 May,2021.

According to the statistics, till now, Cuba has over 128,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of which 120,000 people have been recovered and 826 people. have died due to the Coronavirus.

Among those to who have died as a consequence of the COVID-19 virus is – Higinio Velez, President of the Cuban Baseball Federation – FCB and the manager when Cuba won Olympic gold in 2004. He died at the age of 74 following complications from the virus.