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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020. 10:41 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: With 226 Summer Olympic medals in 20 appearances and 78 gold, the third most in the Americas behind the United States and Canada, one can’t go wrong with Cuba as a sporting partner.

On Tuesday in Havana, the Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (BOCGA) signed a five-year Sports Collaboration Agreement with the Cuban Olympic Committee.

The organizations agreed to strengthen relations and permanent cooperation in all areas of Olympic activities and will contribute to raising the sporting level in both countries through activities such as organization of sports programs; training of coaches and specialists; sports medicine; anti-doping control and sport management.

The agreement will contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation and exchanges based on mutual respect and equality and to the benefit and the development of sports in both Belize and Cuba.

Belize is the first of the 41 countries in the Americas under the Olympic Movement to sign a sports collaboration agreement with the Cuban Olympic Committee.

While athletes of Belizean descent such as Marion Jones have been individually successful, no athlete representing Belize directly has won at the Games since Belize first began participating in 1968 as British Honduras.

The next Games are scheduled for July and August in Tokyo, Japan.

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