Michel Contreras

Chief Sportsman

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I am that kind of person who considers sports much more than a life-or-death passion, the one that always opens the newspapers on the sports page. I was once determined to be a professional athlete, but now I am just as happy writing about their feats. Whether it's a decisive homerun in a baseball game, a sensational basketball throw that makes the ball fly right through the hop, or a golden goal in any football stadium; whatever the sport or the occasion, I will be there reporting on it.

You get to really know a country, or at least know it better, if you learn about its sports culture. I am convinced that in sports, like in other aspects of daily life, the greatest, undying passions can be awakened but also the most sensitive part of our human souls.

When I travel, not yet as much as I would like to, I make an obligatory stop at the sports centres. I don't always manage to get tickets and watch a game, but when I do I love every second of it and the experience is worth every penny of the ticket price! One of the greatest experiences I've ever had was to watch an XYZ game in Camp Nou. It is not only worthy for watching the players live, but having such an encounter with an audience so different from my own has enhanced my views about these places. I dream about attending each of the great and main sporting events in the world.

I've been writing about sports for over twenty years, and now I'm willing to share my poetic and energetic passion about sports in Cuba.

If you join me, I will take you to the stadiums; you will meet Cuban sports champions; you will get familiar with their stories and, at the end, you will get a deeper, more rounded understanding of what Cuba is and the way we Cubans are, through their love of sports and the way sports are lived on the island.

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All you need to know about the Terry Fox Race in Cuba

The Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, the biggest one-day race in the world raising funds to finance cancer research, has Cuba as one of the participating countries, where the race is run with great enthusiasm. Named after the admirable cancer-stricken Canadian, who set out to run across his country from east to west, with the purpose of collecting funds for scientific research against cancer, Cuba celebrates this annual race with big hope.
  • 01 Nov 2016
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The stadium you mustn't fail to visit

If there's one place that epitomises the greatness and history of Cuban sports, that's Havana's Estadio Latinoamericano. Cuba's finest and greatest baseball players of all time have battled it out here from the times of the former professional league, to the current national championships.
  • 29 Aug 2016
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Latin America's best chess tournament is played in Cuba

Every year in the month of June, Havana hosts The Memorial Capablanca, Latin America's biggest chess tournament, paying tribute and remembrance to the world's third best chess champion; Jose Raul Capablanca, who remains among the top chess players ever. From 1962 to the present time, many elite chess players have participated in this sports event which has already reached its 51st edition.
  • 19 May 2016
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Everything you need to know to go marlin fishing in Cuba

The Ernest Hemingway International Marlin Fishing Tournament; one of the world's oldest of its kind, is annually organised by the marina named after the famous American writer. To give you an idea of how renowned the tournament is, suffice it to say that in its last ten editions, contestants from over 30 countries, among them USA, Russia, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and of course, Cuba; have taken part in it.
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