Rumors about the precarious health condition of the double Olympic champion, Alberto Juantorenaseems to be confirmed after the new revelations of the sports journalist Yasel Porto Gómezwhich shows that the idol of Cuban athletics will recover from the degenerative disease.
In a publication on his social networks, Porto Gómez updated the state of health of the head of the Cuban Athletics Federation, in which he became interested after the revelations made by “some media outlets outside of Cuba.”
“Juantorena has a degenerative disease that keeps him away from his duties as an official, from athletics and from his position in Paralympic sports,” said the journalist after confirming it “with a very serious source close by in Cuban athletics” who would have known. that the star figure is “going through the worst moment of his life.”
In recent days, sources close to the ex-athlete’s partner told independent media Cubanet WHAT Juantorena’s health declines dramatically after showing “new health problems”.
Because of this, the double gold medalist of the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games (400 and 800 meters) is recovering at home in a wheelchair and has speech difficulties. In addition, the aforementioned media indicated that the legendary athlete is in the rehabilitation process and “must use a wheelchair.”
This Tuesday, Porto Gómez confirmed that “the man from Santiago has problems with his movement and speech system, and is receiving strict medical treatment to try to limit the progression of the disease.”
However, none of the sources can know or reveal the disease or cause of his health condition. “At the moment there is no information in the official media or INDER on the subject,” said the independent journalist.
A year ago, the 72-year-old Cuban star became reported in critical condition at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana, suffering from dengue and post-Covid-19 syndrome.
In August, he was appointed Honorary Member of the World Athletics Council (WA) and also received the Gold Order of Merit, the highest award given by the world’s governing body of athletes.
According to Cubanet, his last public appearance was in March at a meeting with the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, at the Pan American Stadium in Havana.
On that occasion, he was seen to be in good health and cured of his previous illnesses.