Ana Fidelia Quirot Points to ‘Lack of Talent’ in Cuban Athletics

HAVANA TIMES — Legendary Cuban athlete Ana Fidelia Quirot on Friday called for a “comprehensive review of the lack of talent” in Cuban athletics and the poor performances of several star athletes at “critical moments,” AFP reported.

“Cuban athletics need to undergo an exhaustive and thorough analysis. In the coming days a strategy will be discussed and I think basic steps (should be taken) to recover what has been lost over many years,” said Quirot before the cameras of state television.

The “Storm of the Caribbean,” a double champion in the 800 meters and an Olympic double medalist, now 49, indicated that the main gaps are currently in sprint competitions (100, 200 and 400 meters), though problems exist up to the 800-meter run.

In 2012, the Cuban track and field won one silver medal and one bronze medal in London, while at the Istanbul World Indoor tournament they brought home only a single bronze.