Fidel is Inspiration and Motivation
Javier Sotomayor explains that a friend called him early on the morning of November 26 to tell him that Comandante en Jefe, Fidel Castro Ruz had died. It was a direct blow to the gut, the worst morning in a long time, it was like knocking down the bar on the last jump for the gold medal.
"It's a hard blow given what Fidel represents for me, and the entire Cuban athletic movement. He gave us sports areas, specialist schools, where I grew up together with thousands of other men and women," stated the high-jump world record holder (2.45 meters) speaking with Granma International.