The Australian and Cuban Olympic Committees have signed a historic co-operation agreement that will see both parties share insights to aid the development of Olympic athletes and coaches.
Both the Australian and Cuban Olympic Committees will share information on sports science, sports medicine and the construction of facilities as well as provide a platform for academic exchange in an effort to raise the level of sport in the respective countries.
The agreement was signed by Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates and Cuban Olympic Committee Secretary General Ruperto Herrera Tabio on Wednesday 28 October 2015.
“This agreement will help both Australia and Cuban athletes and coaches as they strive for success on the world’s greatest sporting stage, the Olympic Games,” Coates said.
The agreement also promotes cooperation in the international fight against doping in sport and its negative effects on human health.
“Australia has been at the forefront of the fight to eradicate the use of banned substances in sport and will be looking to further bolster this commitment with the Cuban Olympic Committee.”
The agreement has been entered into for an initial four year period and will help both Australia and Cuba prepare for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo Olympic Games.
The Cuban Olympic Team has fond memories of Australia having claimed their second highest medal haul at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games when they won 11 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals.
They claimed five gold, three silver and six bronze at the London 2012 Games.
The Cubans are the second most successful nation behind the USA in Olympic boxing having claimed 34 gold medals in their 19 Olympic Games appearances.