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 2002 Info

Cuba comes into the World Grand Prix with the aim of turning around a recent run of poor form and reorganising themselves for the Athens Olympics.

Their form recently has been disappointing and the glory days of the 90's when they won the Olympic Gold three times are but a distant memory.

Coming off a sub-standard fifth place finish at the 2002 World Championship in Germany and a far from satisfactory seventh placing at the Montreux Masters Cuba have a lot to look forward to at the 2003 World Grand Prix.

The three time World Champions play a hard, Soviet-style power game and are traditionally exceptional jumpers and hard hitters. Indeed a former U.S. coach said of them " they are the best. You love to watch them, but you don't like to play against them!"

The national team has included some of the world's great players but some of the side that won the gold medal in Sydney 2000 have now retired. Younger players are now being drafted into the team to lay the foundation for a solid performance in Athens 2004.

The Cuban women have a distinguished record in international competition and were Olympic champions three times and have taken four World Championship titles. Their performance in the Grand Prix, will be another litmus test on their progress ahead of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.