The acting executive director of the National Sports Council (CND) Barbados, Mona Alleyne, gave a warm welcome to Cuban coaches on their arrival in Barbados, after the signing of the contract extending the cooperation for another two years, until summer 2020. The arrival took place just before the start of the new school year, for them to be fully incorporated into the physical education classes in the primary and secondary schools of the country, as well as methodological advice in the seven disciplines established, in coordination with the federations and national clubs on the island. Cuba's ambassador, Francisco Fernández, highlighted the event that takes place during the preparations for the official visit to Havana by the Minister of Sports and Culture of Barbados, John King, while attending the International Congress Cuba-Motricity 2018, next 22-25 of October .
Hired by Praise Dance Academy, for the first time two Cuban teachers have been teaching girls and young Barbadians techniques in the modalities of classical ballet and contemporary dance. With a year of fruitful accumulated work, Laura Álvarez teaches classical ballet and has seen how her pupils progress, who in an international inter-school competition in which they recently participated in Havana were finalists. In the other hand, dancer Wendy Ferrer taught a short course in the modality of contemporary dance, during her stay in Barbados invited to participate in the Summer Camp organized by the Academy.
Professor Julio Mendieta, head of Cuban wrestling coaches, was invited by the World Union of Wrestling (UWW) to provide an international course in Barbados, from 28 August to 4 September 2018, which benefited the Caribbean coaches. At the opening ceremony, the Executive Director of the National Sports Council (CND), Mona Alleyne highlighted Cuban cooperation in the subregion, while the President of the Barbadian Wrestling Federation, Rollins Alleyne, said this opportunity will lead to a new stage in the incipient development of this discipline in his country.
Sponsored by the International Federation of Football Amateur (FIFA), the football teams of Barbados and Cuba made a friendly two-game series of preparation, on August 26 and 29, 2018. Cuban ambassador, Francisco Fernández, the head of the sports delegation, Miguel Fuentes Quiala, and the Barbadian directors who are members of the FIFA´s Caribbean chapter of FIFA participated as guests at the opening ceremony. Although the balance was favorable for the Cuban squad (with a 2-0 victory and a scoreless draw), the event served to measure the efficiency of both groups in the current stage of this Olympic cycle.
Micha M. Waithe and James Stuart Robertson, the two Barbadian students benefited this year with scholarships to study at the Latin American and Caribbean School of Medicine (ELAM), received a warm farewell by the Cuban Consul in Barbados, Ana Labaut de Dios, before travel to Havana to begin the school year on September 3, 2018. Accompanied by their families and friends, they expressed their satisfaction for having received this special opportunity and committed themselves to overcome the difficult challenge before them. After signing off the code of ethics, the Cuban diplomat wished them the best successes in their career, with the aspiration that on a not so distant day they could serve their people; in this sense she recalled the essence of the thought of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, who was the architect of ELAM, with the noble purpose of serving the humble in all the developing nations of the world.