PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Mireya Luis, a Cuban athlete born to Haitian parents, considered the best woman volleyball player of all time, visited Haiti on Thursday.
The Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action (MJSAC), Abel Nazaire participated Thursday, September 8, 2016 in a welcome cocktail organized by the Haitian Federation of Volleyball at the Karibe Hotel in honor of Ms. Hernandez.
Several personalities from the Haitian sports world in general and the volleyball family in particular responded to the appointment of the evening that initiates the promotion of the autobiography of this illustrious Cuban athlete entitled “Between Heaven and Earth”
Sharing with the audience the enthusiasm of President Jocelerme Privert to meet the Haitian-Cuban athlete, Minister Nazaire felt that this is a great opportunity, on behalf of the Government and people of Haiti, receive Mireya Luis and her husband Humberto Gonzalez, former Minister of Cuban sports for ten (10) years and proud to have an icon of world sport from Haiti to present a model for youth of Haiti.
Mr. Nazaire, also recalled his fight for inner city youth full of talent just waiting supervision of the state and all sectors of national life.
“We need a different mentality, a different vision of sport development, because we have many talented young people particularly in disadvantaged neighborhoods,” said Minister Nazaire throwing, once again, an appeal to the private sector to bring support sport for the country to produce athletes of Mireya Luis caliber in all sports.
The holder of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action has taken the opportunity of this special evening to thank the Cuban government for all the cooperation extended to our country in medicine, sport and education while evoking the effectiveness of the Cuban sports development model, despite a severe economic embargo, managed to train high-level athletes. The Minister Nazaire held to announce, soon, the submission of the draft framework law on sport to the Council of Ministers for submission to Parliament.
The brilliant performance of Mireya Luis Hernandez three (3) times Olympic champion and holder of several world titles and international awards reinforce the need to mentor young Haitian athletes and organize rationally sport throughout the national territory.
Mireya Luis led Cuba to Gold in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. She earned numerous “best scorer”, “best spiker” and “best player” awards at world, Olympic and continental championships. She was enshrined in the International Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2004.