Music Is Essential in Sports, Cuban Coach Says

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Guantánamo, Cuba – The renowned Cuban boxing trainer
Alcides Sagarra, who coached many Cuban teams in Olympic, Pan-American and
Central American games, said that music is fundamental for sport. Sagarra, who
trained the three-time Olympic champions Teófilo Stevenson and Félix Savón,
pointed out during a sideline of the Changüí Festival being held here that "boxers
must have rhythm and coordination
". "That is why, we use music with them,"
he added.Sagarra told a personal anecdote: Teófilo Stevenson had to fight a strong
adversary shortly after his father’s death, so "I used a song about a father,
and that transformed him
". According to the master of Cuban sport, "human
feelings are expressed through music
."

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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