Third ALBA Games Wrap Up in Havana

In a brief speech, Christian Jimenez, President of Cuba's National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), declared the games officially closed and invited all the countries present to participate in the fourth games, to take place in Venezuela in 2011.

A few minutes before, the most outstanding athletes of the event were given special awards. Andreina Pinto (VEN-swimming), seven gold medals and one silver medal, was selected as the best female athlete, while the best male athlete was Guillermo Aguiar (CHI-archery), with five gold medals and one bronze.

The best Cuban athlete was Juan Carlos Stevens (archery), with four gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. The head of the Cuban delegation, Servando Roig, was presented with the trophy for Cuba as the champion of the Third ALBA Games, with a total of 525 medals (255-153-117).

Venezuela received the second prize, which finishing second with 387 medals (98-138- 151). With an explosion of joy, Chileans, who finished third with 96 medals (32-29-35), received their prize.

The well known Adalberto Álvarez y su Son salsa band played at the end of the closing ceremony of this important Latin American and Caribbean sports event.

Cuba News Agency