Victor Lopez, president of the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Track and Field Association, “expressed condolences” to former Cuban athlete Dr Pedro Pérez Dueña.

Below is president Lopez’s statement

On behalf of the Americas Hemisphere which I am honoured to preside, we would
like to express our most sincere condolences for the death of our dear brother
and Cuban hero of the World Athletics, Dr Pedro Pérez Dueña.

Pérez Dueña was the first Cuban athlete to start the dynasty and great tradition of
triple jump in our dear sister island, the Republic of Cuba, which still does not have
a comparable performance in the World of Track and Field.

Pedro established a new world record in Triple Jump at the 1971 Pan American
Games held in Cali, Colombia. This performance set an example for future
generations and today Cuba is still the number one country in the production of the
best triple jumpers year after year.

A sincere and wonderful friend who dedicated his whole life to Athletics, first as an
athlete and later on as the Medical doctor of the Cuban National Athletics

Dear Brother, we will miss you and will always remember you as the great
champion you were both inside the track and in our world.

May you rest in peace (RIP).

Víctor López

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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