Home » Judo news
The latest Judo News offered by JudoInside.com
Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie awarded with IJF gold plaquette
6 Dec 2015 07:55
At the Grand Slam of Tokyo the famous Cuban coach Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie was presented the IJF plaquette, and the IJF gold card for his entire career and achievements by IJF General Secretary Jean-Luc Rouge, and IJF president Marius Vizer.
Ronaldo, head coach of the Cuban National team participated in his last international competition in Japan as a coach. Born in Havana in 1948, 8th dan in judo, Ronaldo Veitia graduated in sports science and has been the legendary head coach of the female national team since 1986. Under his leadership, Cuba obtained five gold, nine silver and 10 bronze Olympic medals and a total of 57 world medals in the senior category. Together with the cadet and junior categories, it is an impressive total of 308 international medals, which were won by Veitia’s athletes of 30 years of activity.
The famous coach declared: “I am happy for all the years that I have spent in the service of judo and of my country, even if today I’m a bit sad because this is the end of a fantastic adventure. I will now concentrate on my family and especially on my granddaughter. For me all those years were simply extraordinary. I gave everything to my team and to my country and my best souvenirs will for sure remain all the medals won by my athletes. Now I will take the time to relax, to enjoy life and of course I will continue to watch judo, but from the stands.“
Related judoka and events
Related Judo Photos
Related Judo Videos
Related Judo News
The IJF inducted 19 luminaries from the sport into its Hall of Fame on Tuesday at a gala dinner at the Buta Palace in Baku ahead of the 2018 World Judo Championships. Judo legends, Olympic champions, sporting greats and special guests were among those in attendance. Read more
Famous Cuban coach Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie who officially retired from his impressive career as the head coach of the female Cuban national team was honoured at the Grand Prix of Havana. In his path through judo, ‘Ronaldo’ as every one fondly called him, achieved outstanding results. Read more
Famous Cuban coach announced he will go on retirement after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, after several years as the architect of the excellent results achieved by Cuban judokas in the international arena. At the Pan American Games, the successful coach secured three gold medals with the Cuban team. Dayaris Mestre U48, Magdiel Estrada men’s U73kg and Idalys Ortiz +78kg won gold for Cuba. Read more
Last year Judo icons Teddy Riner (FRA) and Ilias Iliadis (GRE) both received $40,000 each for extraordinary services brought to the popularisation of judo around the world, as well as excellent results in their sports career. For this year’s award we suggest 10 special judoka this year who might be considered for the special awards this year. Read more
Pedro Hebo (ANG)