Cuban Authorities Allow Women To Compete In Boxing

Cuban female boxers can finally be seen in action inside the boxing ring after the Cuban authorities gave their approval to allow women to compete in the ring.

Elianni Garcia Polledo was the first official female winner in December 2022. Boxing is traditionally one of the most favourite sports in Cuba alongside baseball.

“It is a historic result for Cuban boxing,” said judges over the loudspeaker while declaring Polledo as the winner in a first for the communist island nation.

Cuban women have also impacted other sports at the international and Olympic level, such as weightlifting and wrestling. Women boxing is now practised in 187 out of the 202 member countries of the International Boxing Association (IBA).

“This is a moment that we have been preparing for, for several years,” Alberto Puig de la Barca, president of the Cuban Boxing Federation said.

Namibia Flores, a Cuban boxing coach for the last two decades, is overwhelmed to see women in Cuba competing in boxing.

Although it is a great moment, it is also a bittersweet moment for Flores personally. She has been dedicated to this sport for two decades, but when the opportunity came, she was too old to be considered eligible for competitive boxing. Since she is 46-years-old, she cannot fight as your age can’t be more than 40.

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