INDER

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The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) is the body in charge of sports management, physical education and recreation in Cuba.

It was founded on February 23, 1961, under Law 936. The national headquarters is located in the Coliseum of the Sports City in Havana.

The social mission of INDER is the practice of physical sports and recreation activities in a massive way to promote a healthy, vigorous and firm citizenship prepared for the defense and progress of the homeland and with a deep sense of civic duties.

Sport, education and physical recreation should be practiced as a means of expansion and solidarity among the population and of exaltation of the highest human values.

One of the most important and distinctive elements of the Cuban sports movement, and in particular of INDER, is framed within a great specialized technical force: Physical Education teachers, sports coaches, physical trainers, recreation promoters and others, to attend to a population of over 11,000,000 inhabitants.

Cuba has one of the best proportions in the world in terms of the number of physical activity and sports technicians in relation to the number of inhabitants.

The manifest intention of the Cuban sports movement is to raise the quality of life and culture of the population. This led to the Council of Ministers on November 19, 1985, agreeing to declare it a National Day of Physical Culture, so that throughout the country on this date activities in the different manifestations covered by this broad field are held, as a way of recognizing the role of sport and workers in the sector, in social development.

Within the broad spectrum of Cuban sports, the high-performance sport is a fundamental strategic objective of INDER, where it must continue to produce champions in order to put Cuba’s name high on the international arena.