Like Park Chung-hee (Asia / South Korea: 1962-79) and Idi Amin Dada (Africa / Uganda: 1971-79), Fidel Castro is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching all types of Olympic sports. Fidel Castro has visited National Team training camps, athletic schools, National School Games and spent time with student-athletes and Olympic players. Since 1990, the Cuban dictatorship has spent over $ 80 million per year in Olympic sport. However, Cuba is not an Olympic paradise. The modern sporting history of Cuba has been marked by sports defections.

Each dictatorship has its own style. Leonidas Rafael Trujillo had one: Dominican music. François Duvalier had one: Haitian culture. Kim Jong Il has one: cinematography. He likes movies like Gone with the Wind, a famous American movie. The dictator of North Korea wrote an essay “On the Art of Cinema”.

Idi Amin Dada’s regime was known to have tortured political prisoners, prohibited dissent and free speech. Under Idi Amin Dada’s dictatorship, around 350,000 people were killed. But he loves Olympic sports like Fidel Castro Ruz. By the 1970s he had become a staunch champion of Third World sport. I remembered that the Ugandan team won two gold, four silver and three bronze at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1974. Overall, the Ugandan team came in tenth, ahead of Wales, Trinidad Tobago, Tanzania and Jamaica.

Fidel Castro once said: “What was Cuba’s role in the Olympic Games? What did he accomplish? What has been the fruit of our efforts to promote healthy and clean sports? At the 1972 Olympics, we finished 14th out of 122 countries. In Montreal 1976 Olympics – Juantorena remembers it well, and so do we – we finished 8th out of 88 participating countries. In 1980, in Moscow, we finished 4th out of 81 countries; in 1992, in Spain, we finished 5th out of 169 countries; and in Atlanta, in 1996, we finished 8th out of 197 countries. Could anyone refuse these numbers. ”But under one of the oldest dictatorships in the world, sport has become a useful means for women and men to achieve freedom.

Of course, Cuban sport is a story of both frustration and miracles. The Cuban government reacted with disbelief when in 1980 Roberto Urrutia, a weightlifter, unexpectedly announced his decision to seek asylum in the United States. At the age of 14, Urrutia made weightlifting a top priority, and ten months later he set national records. Urrutia entered the 1975 Pan American Championship at the age of 18 and won gold medals for Cuba. In December, in Matanzas, he became the first Latin American weightlifter to achieve a world record. In 1976, he finally realized his dream of competing in the Olympics. Like Alberto Juantorena (athletics), Teofilo Stevenson (boxing) and Mireya Luis Hernandez (volleyball), Roberto Urrutia Hernandez, a former member of the Communist Youth Union, was a symbol of the Cuban revolution. Roberto, was born December 12, 1956 in Havana, won 3 gold medals at the 1978 World Weightlifting Championships and ended the Soviet World Year’s domination of international weightlifting. Certainly, he was voted hero of the year by Prensa Latina. Prior to the Moscow Olympics, Roberto Urrutia defected to the United States via Mexico.

In recent years we have seen a number of events unfold: Taimaris Aguero, a player, has come to seek freedom in Italy; Odelin Molina, an exceptional footballer from Havana has requested political asylum in the United States; and Dulce Tellez, a sportswoman, came to San Juan de Puerto Rico.

Aguero, who at 1.77 was considered one of the best female athletes in the Americas, at the age of 16, she became the youngest person to be a member of the Cuban team. At the 1993 World Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aguero finished first in the best passer competition. When Tanya Ortyz, a ferryman from 1987 to 1995, announced her intention to retire at the end of 1995, Aguero was seen as one of the top candidates for the post. Therefore, she was a key woman when Cuba finished first at the 1998 World Championship. In 2000, Aguero helped the Cuban team to victory at the Olympic Games. If she’s not the greatest passer of all time, she is certainly the most famous in the history of volleyball. Today, Taimaris Aguero is one of the most expensive and expensive sports cars of Cubans. Behind baseball, volleyball is the most popular sport in Cuba.

Dulce Tellez was named top player at the 2006 Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico. Under his leadership, Cuba won bronze medal in volleyball at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She left Cuba in July 2006 – three months before the World Championships in Tokyo. Prior to the 2006 World Championships, Cuba was ranked 3rd in the world. Now he is ranked 7th. Meanwhile, Odelin Molina, born August 1974 in Havana, was one of Cuba’s best footballers and played for the Under-16 World Championship in Italy in 1991. In 1995, he defected to the States -Unis, where he currently lives.

SPORTS DEFECTIONS

1. Abvin Sánchez, Lazaro-Soccer … 1995 … United States

2. Aguero, Taimaris-Volleyball … 2001 …. Switzerland

3. Aldama, Yamilé-Track and Field … 2003 … United Kingdom

4. Arocha, Rene-Baseball … 1991 … United States

5. Arrojo, Rolando-Baseball … 1996 … United States

6. Barthelemy, Giorbis-Boxing … 1990 … United States

7. Blanco, Enrico-Boxing … 1967 … Canada

8. Bordabehere, Roger-Cycling … 1994 … Venezuela

9. Borrell, Lazaro-Basketball … 1999 … Puerto Rico

10. Brito Ferrer, Michel-Gymnastics …. 2003 … United States

11. Brito, Javier-Volleyball … 2004 … Puerto Rico

12. Caballero, Angel Oscar-Basketball … 1999 … Puerto Rico

13. Cala, Yosleider-Volleyball … 2003 … Puerto Rico

14. Campoalegre, Ramón-Water Polo … 1998 … United States

15. Casamayor, Joel-Boxing …….. 1993 ….. United States

16. Castillo, Ulises-Boxing ………. 1993 ….. United States

17. Contreras, José Ariel-Baseball … 2002 … Nicaragua

18. Chappe, Taimi-Fencing … 2002 … Spain

19. De la Pena, Janerky-Gymnastics … 2003 … United States

20. Delgado, Alberto-Soccer … 2002 … United States

21. Dennis, Angel-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

22. Díaz, Juan Carlos-Baseball … 1996 … Dominican Republic

23. Dominguez, Iván-Cycling … 1998 … United States

24. Duquesne, Alfredo-Basketball … 1994 … Canada.

25. Garbey, Ramón-Boxing ………… 1993 ….. United States

26. García, Ives-Swimming … 2001 … Puerto Rico

27. García, Osvaldo Junior-Water Polo … 1995 … United States

28. García Martínez, Aliet-Soccer … 2000 ….. United States

29. Gato, Ramón-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

30. Gilbert, Andres-Basketball …. 1993 … Puerto Rico

31. Gomez, Juan Carlos-Boxing …… 1995 … Germany

32. González, José-Cycling … 1994 … Venezuela

33. Gregory, Elvis-Fencing … 2002 … Portugal

34. Griñan, Fernando-Soccer ……. 1996 …. United States

35. Guillen, Alain-Water Polo … 1998 … United States

36. Guillen, Arnaldo-Water Polo … 1998 … United States

37. Hernández, Adrian-Baseball … 2000 … Dominican Republic

38. Hernandez, Alain-Soccer … 2000 … Costa Rica

39. Hernandez, Ihosvany-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

40. Hernandez, Jorge Luis-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

41. Hernandez, Livan-Baseball … 1995 … Mexico

42. Hernandez, Odalys-Softball … 1993 … Puerto Rico

43. Hernández, Orlando-Baseball … 1997 … By boat

44. Herrera, Roberto Carlos-Basketball … 1999 … Puerto Rico

45. Herrera, Ruperto-Basketball … 1994 … Canada

46. ​​Hurtado, Diobelys-Boxing … 1995 … United States

47. Ibañez, Ciro-Weightlifting … 1986 … United States

48. Juncosa, Abel-Shooting …. 1999 …. Canada

49. Lapera, Ulises-Field Hockey … 1999 … Canada

50. León Tamayo, Charles-Gymnastics … 2003 … United States

51. Marshall, Leonel-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

52. Martinez, Juan Carlos-Water Polo … 1993 … United States

53. Martinez, Rey-Soccer … 2002 … United States

54. Matienzo, Richard-Basketball …. 1994 … Canada

55. Miranda, Arturo-Diving … 1995 … Canada

56. Montalvo, Niurka-Track and Field … 1997 … Greece

57. Muñoz, Daimara-Swimming … 1998 … Puerto Rico

58. Nuñez, Jesús-Cycling … 1998 … Venezuela

59. Nunez, Vladimir-Baseball … 1995 … Venezuela

60. Ortega, William-Baseball … 1996 … México.

61. Perez, Angel-Kayak … 1993 … United States

62. Perez, José-Track and Field … 1997 … Puerto Rico

63. Piedra, Armando-Water Polo … 1995 … United States

64. Pino, Héctor-Basketball … 1999 … Puerto Rico

65. Ramírez, Rio-Diving … 1993 … Puerto Rico

66. Rodriguez, Heriberto-Cycling … 1998 … Venezuela

67. Rodriguez Osorio, Gunther-Swimming … 2003 … Puerto Rico

68. Romero Mayeta, Laseer-Volleyball … 2001 … Belgium

69. Rosales, Nubis-Swimming … 1998 … Puerto Rico

70. Salas, Maikel-Volleyball … 2004 … Puerto Rico

71. Sánchez, Alex-Baseball … 1994 … By boat

72. Sánchez, Alexis-Athletics … 1998 … Puerto Rico

73. Toca, Jorge Luis-Baseball … 1998 … By boat

74. Trevejo, Iván-Fencing … 2002 … Portugal

75. Urrutia, Roberto-Weightlifting …. 1980 …. Mexico

76. Valdés, Tatiana-Kayak … 1994 … United States

77. Vázquez, Juan-Basketball …. 1999 …. Canada

78. Wilson, Jesús-Wrestling … 1994 … United States

79. Zayas, Daniel-Weightlifting … 1987 … United States



Source by Alejandro Guevara Onofre

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