Havana, Cuba, May 31.- A Cuban team of four women and four men will represent the island at the World Taekwondo Championship, to take place July 15-21 in the Mexican city of Puebla.
According to JIT website, the event will be contested by 800 athletes from 65 countries.
The Cuban female fighters are Yania Aguirre (49 kg), Nydia Munoz (62 kg), Glenhis Hernandez (73 kg) and Yamichel Nunez (53 kg); all four will be under the direction of trainer Ramon Arias.
Meanwhile, the men’s collective includes Angel Modesto (68 kg), Jose Angel Cobas (74 kg), Rafael Alba (87 kg) and Rosbelis Despaigne (87 plus kg); they will be under experienced trainer Roberto Cardenas.
▲ Rosbelis Despaigne. He got the bronze at London 2012 in Men's over 87kg.
The favorite fighters for medals are Rosbelis Despaigne, who got the bronze at London 2012, Glenhis Hernandez, Pan-American Champ at Guadalajara 2011 and Jose Angel Cobas, who got the silver at the World Juvenile Championship held in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2010.
The Cuban athletes will take training in the city of Puebla prior to the championship in order to adapt to the altitude of the place, nearly 2 thousand 100 meters over sea level.
World Taekwondo championships have been held since 1973. Cuba has thus far got seven medals in those meets, one gold, three silver and three bronze.