A symbol of an entire era, a legend of Cuban and world judo, Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie has died at the age of 75 in Havana, Cuba. The International Judo Federation and the entire judo family offers its most sincere condolences to his family and friends as well as to the entire Cuban judo community.
Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame

Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie was a universally recognised figure of world judo, former coach for the Cuban Olympic judo team. He was born 21st October 1947 and led the women’s judo team to multiple Olympic medals and world championship titles.

In fact, he coached his team at six Olympic Games from 1992 to 2012 and obtained 5 gold, 9 silver and 10 bronze medals. This made him the coach with the largest number of Olympic medals in the history of judo.

In 30 years he earned 308 international medals for judo. After having travelled the world on the five continents, Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie then enjoyed his retirement with his family in his homeland of Cuba.

For his career and outstanding results as a coach, Ronaldo Veitia Valdivie was inducted into the IJF Hall of Fame. He will leave an unforgettable footprint on the world of judo.

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