De­fec­tions rock Cuba

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

HALF of the Cuban men’s field hockey team at the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Toronto have de­fected to the United States. A player and sources close to the Cuban del­e­ga­tion say eight of the 16 Cuban play­ers have de­serted, while team mem­ber Roger Aguil­era put the num­ber at seven, just the latest in a rash of Cuban de­fec­tions across sev­eral sports. “Ev­ery­one knows what hap­pened to our team, we have seven of them in the United States,” he said, af­ter the dec­i­mated Cubans were ham­mered 13- 0 by Trinidad and Tobago. Cuba could only field eight play­ers in­stead of the stan­dard 11 plus five sub­sti­tutes. They are not the first Cubans to de­fect dur­ing the games, af­ter four rowers dis­ap­peared last week. It is not un­com­mon for Cuban ath­letes to de­fect, with base­ball, box­ing and vol­ley­ball the hard­est hit.

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