JUDO: Cuban Delegation Arrives in Miami on Monday for 2008 Pan American Championships

May 03, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release May 3, 2008 Contact: Nicole Jomantas, 719.271.9937 (cell) Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us (Colorado Springs, Colo.)-Twenty-two members of the Cuban delegation will be arriving at the Miami International Airport at 2:30 p.m. via Panama on Monday May 5 to participate in the Pan American Championships and Olympic Zone Cup, May 8-11. The team includes four current or former World Champions, will be competing in the event which is the final qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing."These Pan American Judo Championships will be one of the most important international events ever held in our country due to the presence of world powers Cuba and Brazil plus great judokas from Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico and, of course, our own USA athletes,"said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez (Colorado Springs, Colo.)."This will be a unique opportunity for those who love Olympic sports and contact sport to come out and see some of the world's best athletes compete for an Olympic berth. Obviously the presence of a full team from Cuba adds a special flavor to this event. This is indeed a historic event for our nation and the South Florida community."Gustavo Diez Miranda, president of the Cuban Judo Federation, and members of the coaching staff will be available for interviews at the airport after the team's arrival and clearance of Customs. Additional interviews will be granted throughout the week, upon request. Members of the Cuban Team include: - Yanet Bermoy (48kg), 2005 World Champion and 2007 World silver medalist - Yurileidys Lupetey (57kg), 2001 World Champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist - Driulis Gonzalez (63kg), three-time World Champion and four-time Olympic medalist - Yurisel Laborde (78kg), two-time World Champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist - Yordanis Arencibia (66kg), four-time World and 2004 Olympic medalist - Oreydis Despaigne (100kg), 2007 World bronze medalist For additional information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Nicole Jomantas, USA Judo Director of Communications and Media Relations, at 719.271.9937 (cell) or Nicole.Jomantas@usajudo.us. -END-