Cuban wrestling great Gustavo Rolle Fernandez, an Honorary Member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame, passed away at the age of 78.
Rolle devoted much of his life to the development of wrestling in Cuba.
After Rolle’s competitive wrestling career was cut short by injury, he served as head coach of Cuba’s freestyle wrestling national team from 1965 until 1982. He then took over as President of the Cuban Wrestling Federation, a position he held until 2008.
Rolle served as Director of National High Performance (1990-1995), President of the Pan American Wrestling Committee (1990-1995) and UWW Bureau Member & Head of Science & Technical Department (1995-2012). He was appointed as UWW Honorary Bureau Member in 2014.
He is the creator of the Granma y Cerro Pelado Tournament, an annual international wrestling event held in Havana, Cuba.