The Cuban male team of floor hockey -also called ''roller skate hockey'' or ''roller hockey''- will try to repeat the win of the gold medal got in Japan in 2005 at the World Winter Special Olympiad Games.
This was stated by the head coach of the team, Julio Rodriguez, who said the team is mainly formed by players coming from the central province of Ciego de Avila, national champion.
The strongest contenders of Cuba might be the United States and Russia, countries that were the among the first in starting to practice this sport modality in the entire planet.
Rodriguez also stated that roller skate or floor hockey, is a modified variation from the ice or grass hockey, to give participation to people with intellectual discapacity.
In the Games celebrated in Nagano, Japan, the Cuban representation obtained the first level, playing against Russia and Canada, nations with long tradition in all their events.
Since then, Cuba is the first country of Latin America and the Caribbean to integrally win a competition in this top level.
To these games, foreseen until March 28, there are 3,000 athletes of 110 countries, who will compete in nine sports: floorball (unihockey), hockey on apartment, shot with stick, figure skating, speed skating, alpine skiing, skiing on the plains, snowboarding and walk on snow.
The Special Olympics constitute an international program that provides people with intellectual disability a preparation and athletic competition and offers them the opportunity to develop independence, strengthen character and physical condition.
Cuba joined these competitions in 1986, under the coordination of the Department of Education and the National Institute of Sports, Physical education and Recreation.
A delegation of 12 Cuban athletes takes part in the World Winter Games of the Special Olympics, hosted by the Austrian cities of Graz and Schladming.