OPINION: Our victory in wrestling and boxing cannot amaze us

The following phrase is used very well in relation to the triumph of the Greek-Cuban boxers and wrestlers in the I Junior Pan American Games: not b

The following phrase is used very well in relation to the triumph of the Greek-Cuban boxers and wrestlers in the I Junior Pan American Games: not because it is expected, it ceases to rejoice. We cannot be surprised. These disciplines have been at the forefront of our sport for a long time. To declare this you have to base yourself beyond the conquests in international tournaments. Both specialties are powerful in massiveness and relay and their training is based on science and technique applied correctly.

Everything is not perfect .. Lack, you have to polish, gain discipline on and off the muscle stage even. But if everything went like this … And these specialties suffer the same Yankee blockade, the inexistence of the socialist camp, their own cracks that not only exist in the athletic field, the so-called muscle stealing and the attack of the pandemic. They have come through despite lacerations. Coaches, civil servants, doctors, psychologists, workers have known how to row properly in uneasy waters from which nothing escapes.

Ah, the past supports. For what the founders and followers did. The story concretized in facts. The previous basement has been inherited and enriched: the feet on the ground to adapt it dialectically, while continuing to prepare the wings for when it is possible to fly. It is not easy to beat us in such combat activities. The EU designation given to boxing is highly deserved: the flagship of Cuban sport. The fight is very close in that row, not infrequently against the current.

When it comes to happiness, the names of those who have made it possible cannot be ignored. First of all, those who are no longer with us, although they are there because they are just not there because age does not allow them or they have already died. Remain! One seems to see them in the corner of each fighter or also giving advice to those who lead, be they instructors or officials. Yes, they are there and they cannot disappear or the losses would be enormous! Do not accuse me of poverty in language but the word I repeat in this case is the one that cannot be substituted. It is the exact one.

Although they are hurt by the implacable, the one who happened as Pablo Milanés has sung, Alcides Sagarra, the progenitor of the Cuban School of Boxing, and his closest collaborator in that creation, Sarvelio Fuentes, we feel them in each of the triumphs and we hope that are well stored in their homes. I wish they could assist us directly. They did not fall from the clouds: members of the family of the discipline of the jab and the upper, since when crime ruled over the ring; fighters themselves, even Fuentes won a Golden Gloves Tournament in the United States.

Both of them, like their Revolution, did not stay on the buckets of the rented spectacle: they studied, founded, and worked hard for the new boxing, the new sport. I also include in the development achieved Waldo Santiago, a hard-working national commissioner and international leader of the sector. The group of coaches who has followed in his footsteps cannot be excluded, and rather than maintaining their successes, they enriched them.

The current ones took the baton well given and that basic transformation of giving and that they do not give you of Kid Chocolate, in that they do not give you and give of the aforementioned School – it seems the same and it is not the same – they strengthened it, changing what it should be changed with an addition of necessary offense if relevant. Not only do our fighters win: they are the most elegant, the ones who solidify the art in this task.

I don’t dare say that in classical wrestling we have a school. It seems so much … The important thing is that the Greek people of the largest of the Antilles look different in the struggle over the mattress. They can modify the program, the system by the Federation: here we assimilate them and change what they change cannot overshadow us. It is not by chance that we have the best of all time in our ranks: Mijaín López. But, without denying his extraordinary conditions, if there were not hundreds of many kids – many inspired by him – beaten at the base, there would not be a Mijaín or the new glorious fighters.

I repeat what I wrote when our greguistas prevailed in Tokyo 2020: “… Pedro Val, José, Pini, Yánez, and Gustavo Rollé shook my mind. They are the fight in Cuba, without neglecting the magnificent current work of the excellent coach Trujillo, of Filiberto Ascuy, an Olympic ace twice turned into an instructor, and of Mendieta, the main guide in freestyle. But without those forgers, the successful work of today’s teachers who drank in the waters of the established spring would not exist “. And all three are deceased. For reasons of space I will present only a few lines about this excellent trio; I promise to delve into the lives of these men soon.

For now, know that Pedro Val passed away a few days before Barranquilla 2018. Passionate about keys and grips, at first he wanted to be an ace. Luckily he preferred to guide the young fighters after training: a lot of him in Mijaín! Pini, Central Caribbean and Pan American medalist and Olympic contender. Founder of Inder. He became a leading scientist in the field. Gustavo Rollé is the Father of Struggle in the Greater Antilles. He was inducted into the Fighting Hall of Fame in 2018. A year later he died. Upon being awarded, he had declared: “This distinction drives me to work much more for the sport until the end of my life.”