Cuba Has 75 Tickets to Beijing at the close of 2007


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Havana, Dec 26(acn) The number of tickets earned by Cuba to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games increased to 75 with the win over Canada in the recently concluded NORCECA Women's Continental Volleyball Championship.

With this victory, volleyball became the sports discipline number 13 to classify for Beijing, and the women's volleyball team became the second team in the list.

Thus in the list of disciplines already classified for Beijing appear volleyball (12 tickets), baseball (24), diving (3), wrestling (5), archery(1), canoeing(2), judo (5), weight lifting (6), pentathlon (1), rowing (9), tae kwon do (3), shooting (3) and cycling (1).

Experts of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) said that a different situation faces athletics, since over 30 Cuban athletes have the score or timing to qualify. Cuba intends to participate in 20 of the 28 categories competing.

Other disciplines with high chances of qualifying are boxing, basketball (women), football, volleyball (men), and table tennis.

Cuba treasures 65 gold medals in the Olympic Games, 55 silver and 52 bronze, and finished in eleventh position in Athens 2004 with 9-7-11.