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Baseball is Cuba’s national sport, and the country’s national passion. La Pelota is a heated topic of conversation during the regular November to March season, After the regular season comes the 28-game super-series, when the best players are chosen for the National Team. While the players are celebrities – in fact some of the finest in the world – the league, like all organized sport in Cuba, maintains its amateur status. Go to a game at the Estadio Latino-Americano in Havana, and join in the fun and excitement; the tickets are only a few dollars.

Next in line for the hearts of the people is boxing. Cuba has been a consistent contender for international boxing awards; 32 of Cuba’s 65 Olympic gold medals come from boxing.

The Cuban government heavily subsidizes the development of athletics, encouraging the healthy involvement of all people in some sort of sport, and seeking out young talent to be trained. Since 1959, Cubans have won more than 140 Olympic medals and over 2,000 in the Pan American and Central American Games. In fact, Cuba is so successful at training athletes, their coaches are in demand with athletes all over the world.

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