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Posted April 22, 2003 by publisher in Cuban Sports

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Once again Havana has announced that it wants to bid for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. But it’s not the first time the announcement has been made.

In October of 2000 Cuba’ s President Fidel Castro announced that Cuba was ready to bid for the 2012 Games. Castro was quoted as saying “if it all works out 12 years isn’t such a long time and we’ll all still be young”.

He also said Cuba wanted to help the Greeks organize the 2004 Games and offered China support in its bid for the 2008 Games.

In June of 2001 an Associated Press headline read “Cuba Says It Will launch Bid To Hold 2012 Olympics”. Jose Ramon Fernandez, head of Cuba’s Olympic Committee, said that Cuba wants to show the world how a small country can efficiently organize the event without the commercialism that traditionally accompanies the Games.

And in August of 2001 GamesBids.com reported that Fernandez, who is also vicepresident of Cuba, confirmed Cuba’s intention to host the Olympic Games in 2012 or 2016. He said that the success of the 1991 Havana Pan-American Games “inspires the Cuban people to dream with the organization of the Olympic Games, so it is a goal to hold them in 2012 or 2016”.

In January of 2002 an Agence France Presse headline said that Cuba was an official candidate to host 2012 Olympics. In the article Fernandez said, “we are still candidates. We have reasons to be optimistic and we nave many attributes to take into battle”.

He pointed out that the Games had never been held in the Caribbean and only once in Latin America.

Now there is a report in the weekly international magazine, the Granma International, that Cuba is planning to enter a bid to host the 2012 Games. According to Agence France Presse Fernandez said Havana’s bid should be based on sporting criteria and not economic considerations or the size of its population when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) makes its decision in Singapore in July 2005.

Fernandez said that Havana is able to guarantee austere and organized Games, with priority given to the athletes.

He added that the Executive Committee of Cuba’s Olympic Committee decided unanimously to send a bid application to the IOC.

The deadline for submissions for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is July 15, 2003, just enough time for at least one or two more bid announcements from Cuba.

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