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Sports in Cuba since 1959 have been run by the state and its institutions and the use of advertising and other possible business models has been rejected. Therefore, it seems that an important change in the administration is in the works, although it is hard to predict the short and long-term impact.

"Since their arrival in the Venezuelan sovereign airspace, the outstanding pilots of the Bolivarian Military Aviation greeted and escorted the victorious Paralympic delegation," President Maduro pointed out.

The three-time World Cup winner has rarely been seen in public since undergoing hip replacement surgery in 2012.

The Cuban athlete Omara Durand and the Venezuelan Linda Perez and Lisbeli Vera got gold medals.

On Thursday, China outnumbered Australia with three gold medals in weightlifting, wheelchair fencing, and swimming.

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