The Cuban men's team may have been overshadowed by their female counterparts in the Olympic Games, but the men have had a fair share of glory as they gave Cuba their first-ever Olympic medal. Cuba won a bronze medal at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games and made seventh Olympic appearance at Rio 2016, where they finished 11th. The Cubans had qualified to the Olympic Games through the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in Edmonton, Canada, after a 16-year absence. Cuba also have two silver and two bronze World Championship medals and have won the NORCECA Championship 15 times.
Cuba showed their best and most reliable form in the decade following their FIVB World League debut in 1991, when they finished second in the competition. In the following eight years, they were never out of the top four and won the title in 1998, as well as finishing as runners-up another four times. In their last World League appearance, in 2016, Cuba ranked ninth in Group 2 and 21st overall.