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Legendary coach Ronaldo Veitia hospitalised in Spain

Cuban coach Ronaldo Veitia. seventy-four years old, is currently hospitalised in Spain. Ronaldo retired after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Let's have a look into the success and gives an insight of the Cuban coach.

It has always been said that it is harder to work with women in sport. Ronaldo Veitia has also experienced this, but he has the satisfaction of having obtained very good results at competitions and in personal relations with his pupils.

His path since his departure from active sport has been marked by continuous success, first with children at the School for Sports Initiation at Martires de Barbados, which for ten consecutive years held the title of Champion of the National Schools Games. This was followed by a technical venture in Mexico, where he gained his first experience working with teams of the so-called weaker sex. Upon his return, he was faced with the choice of either returning to grass-roots coaching or trying his hand at high-level performance.

His involvement in the women's national judo team triggered a series of victories that elevated him to world status. It comes as no surprise that all the countries excelling in this form of combat always wish to compete against Veitia's pupils.

Ronaldo Veitia was Cuban champion U93kg in 1970, but as a coach he booked tremendous international successes with his teams.

In 30 years he earned 308 international medals for Judo. Ronaldo was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame in 2018.

Successes since 1983 when the Cuban team was installed

5 Olympic titles: Reve-Jiminez, Gonzalez, Verdecia, Veranes and Ortiz

18 world titles, with 13 judoka, 11 women, 2 men

60 Pan American Games victories, 39 by women, 21 by men.

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