HAVANA, Dec. 10 Havana will be part of the world circuit that World Skate will celebrate from 2024, reported here today the Italian Francesco Zangarini, sports director of that entity.«We believe in Havana and we believe in Cuba. The feeling we have for this city is very great, that is why it will be on the world circuit,” he announced at the Paseo del Prado hotel in the capital.
After concluding the press conference of the III Havana Skate Marathon 2023, which has already begun in this capital, he reiterated that this city will be the third of four stops on a circuit that includes China’s Shanghai, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and the Italian Pescara.
«I could have the best 200 skaters in the world. We plan to compete in Havana at the beginning of November. “So we are going to have an important party here,” he said before reiterating that “we have great respect and sensitivity with the Cuban people.”
Tony García Acuña, technical director of the III Havana Skate Marathon 2023, pointed out that around 350 skaters will compete, including a hundred foreigners. He thanked the authorities of Inder, Cubadeportes S. A. and the government of the capital for the joint work carried out to carry out the contest.
“This year the Cuban capital will host the world skate championship and for the first time we will also hold a team time trial, in both cases in the master category,” added the also member of World Skate, the international skating federation.
The epicenter of the contest will be La Piragua, located in front of Havana’s Malecón and very close to the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba.
«The starting line and the finish line will be there, and we will hold the awards and the inauguration. The contest will be held seven kilometers from the Malecón to the corner of Prado and Neptuno, where the skaters will turn around,” said the former athlete.
Colombian Karol Eliana García practically arrived from the José Martí International Airport to the tourist facility to speak to journalists.
«A pleasure to be here. “I couldn’t miss this opportunity,” she said in an aside with JIT, the marathon champion in the previous edition.
“I just arrived after competing in Berlin, where together with my partner and fellow countryman Gabriela Rueda we did the one-two, something that had never been presented since the creation of this competition in 1997,” she argued.
“We were part of the Tequendama AC club from Bogotá and we crossed the finish line together with one hour, eight minutes and 59 seconds, ahead of the Frenchwoman Marie Dupuy,” she said before adding that “it had been 14 years since we won in Berlin. “Here I come to defend my title.”
Agustín Abril, director of a sports organization and programming at Inder, expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in the Island, in Inder, and other organizers.