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Learn more about sports in Cuba; its stars and their achievements, their records; the country's most important stadiums, and where to practice sports if you want to have an energetic holiday. You will find the latest news; recommendations and suggestions to turn your trip into a unique dive into Cuba's sports world.

This blog will give you an insider's view of the sporting world in Cuba, a country that has ranked four times among the Top Ten nations in the Olympics' medal ranking. In spite of this, not much is known about Cuba's sports life. This blog aims to help you see through my eyes and uncover this fascinating and little-known world.

Here you will find frequent updates on upcoming sporting events in Cuba, you will be introduced to the most important sports centres and be given hints to understand Cubans' passion for certain sporting events. You will find the latest news and know about the deeds of some of the greatest athletes in the country and the world.

If you want to keep in shape during your holiday in Cuba, I will also advise you about the best places in the island to practice sports.

If you are a sports fan, I advise you to follow my blog with the famous words of Don Vito Corleone: "You will surely not turn down the offer".

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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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