boycott of the 1984 games in L.A and also opted out of the following games in Seoul. They boycotted L.A '84 along with nations such as the Soviet Union, East Germany and Bulgaria due to safety concerns and the attitude of the United States. Cuba's decision to boycott the games came as a shock to the States and they said it was a "serious blow to boxing and baseball."
Cuba really excel in Boxing, and they have an incredible record at the Summer Olympics having amassed 63 medals in the sport. 32 of these medals have been gold, although they endured a disappointing games in Beijing 2008 as they failed to win a single gold, despite winning 8 boxing medals in total.
|The late Teofilo Stevenson, a legend of Cuban boxing|
Boxing plays a huge role in Cuban society and fighters are often put into the ring at the age of 9. There is no professional boxing in Cuba and their boxers are taught to box for the love of it and to do their families and country proud. Fernandez says that this will and heart is worth a fistful of medals and so it has proved in decades gone by.
|Dayron Robles (right), powers to Olympic gold in Beijing|
Along with a long list of medal hopes across a range of sports including many in boxing, Cuba have a real star on the track in the 110m hurdles. The 110m hurdles should prove to be an incredible spectacle in London, with the three fastest ever sprint hurdlers set to go head-to-head.
One of those three is the world record holder, Dayron Robles of Cuba who has gone as quick as 12.87 over the distance. Robles won gold in Beijing, but one of his closest rivals, Lui Xiang, also the home favourite limped out in the heats. That proved to be Cuba's only gold medal in athletics and they would hope to build on that in London.
We have a range photography and singing dates available for you to enjoy the soulful rhythm of Cuba for yourself in 2012 & 2013, all accompanied by our fantastic professional tutors and local guides.
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