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AIPS mourns death of Cuban AIPS America Vice President Enrique Montesinos

LAUSANNE, May 17, 2017 – The international sports journalism family received with deep regret the news of the death of one of our own, outstanding journalists Enrique Montesinos Delvaty from Cuba, recognized as one of the most seasoned specialists in our profession.

With a career spanning over 45 years at Cuban newspaper Granma, the president of the Circulo de Periodistas Deportivos de Cuba, the Cuban Sports Press Union, died Tuesday at the age of 69, a victim of a pulmonary thrombus.

His death occurred in Paris, after the 80th Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) in South Korea, in which he participated in the capacity of vice-president of the continental section of AIPS America.

Throughout his career, Montesinos excelled in his spirit of improvement and depth of analysis, and was therefore proposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as one of the five best journalists in the world in that sport.

A man dedicated to work and to his family, he combined these priorities with a keen interest in always helping those around him.

After graduating in Sports and Physical Culture in Havana, he served as professor in several university courses, which he organized while teaching classes in Cuba and abroad.

Montesinos served as president of the Circulo de Periodistas Deportivos de Cuba for over 15 years, endorsed by publishing work in over 20 publications, among which those dedicated to the coverage of the Central American and Caribbean Games and Pan American Games are of special value.

His perseverance and dedication to research made him worthy of the Jorge Enrique Mendoza Journalism Award for lifetime achievement awarded by the Cuban Sports Press Union and the Prize for Lifetime Achievement awarded jointly with the Cuban Institute of Sport (INDER) .

Montesinos spent his entire career at Granma newspaper, where he was Head of the sports department and deputy director of the newspaper’s digital edition.

He also work as a correspondent in Angola.

The International Sports Press Association sends its most heartfelt condolences to the family of Enrique Montesinos Delvaty and all those who, from the ranks of Cuban sport, admired his work.
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