My main point in this regard was to compete for my country and my people and to receive the support of the entire Cuban society, to carry my flag in whatever competition I was in, the Olympic Games, Pan-American Games.
Be very strong... be very methodical in your life if you want to be a champion.
The most important part of this is to prepare the athlete for life in general and then be able to compete.
Then I received support from the Government to compete for my country, and to represent Cuba in competition.
I love music, and outside of work my family keeps me very busy, I have five children to keep track of.
I got involved in athletics during physical education lessons at school.
And then you have the responsibility and the duty of being good examples to youngsters, not smoke, training hard, go to bed early, don't drink alcohol, don't take drugs, it's very important to have a policy for educating against doping.
I run in practically every single road race in my country, 5k, 10k just to promote the sport.
We need to be aware of all aspects: To check how they travel, how they eat, the competition conditions.
In Cuba we use our champions to promote the sport.
I am always fighting inside the Council to get the message across that at each competition venue, we should send somebody to inspect and to make sure the athletes will be looked after in a correct manner.
We are just not made up to be middle distance runners.