FIJI is set to benefit from Cuba and vice versa following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between the both countries to promote co-operation on physical education and sports development.
Minister of Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto, who is heading the Fiji delegation in Cuba, signed the agreement with Christian Jimenez Molina, the president of the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation of the Republic of Cuba yesterday.
The agreement now allow Cuba and Fiji to assist each other in the exchange of sporting delegations, expert coaches and specialists in the field of physical education, sports development and sports science.
Boxing Commission of Fiji director Malakai Veisamasama, who is also part of the delegation, said the agreement allowed Cuba to assist Fiji in scholarship programs, high performance and training programs for athletes, sports facilities and equipment, formation and upgrading of coaches and specialists
"Fiji boxing and sports in general was heading for some exciting times ahead. It's time to now take advantage of the Cuban sporting bodies offer to assist Fiji.
"Cuba is recognised in the highest level in international sports, and the opportunities available for the sporting federations to grab it with both hands," Naupoto said.
Cuba is eyeing sevens rugby as one of the sports to improve on from the expertise available in Fiji.
The MOU was witnessed by top world athletes like Maria Colon (javelin), Lazaro Betancourt (triple jumper), Paulo Romero Ernades (boxing legend), Yarisley Silva and Yelena Isinbayeva (pole vault).