Like Park Chung-hee (Asia/South Korea: 1962-79) and Idi Amin Dada (Africa/Uganda: 1971-79), Fidel Castro is a sports activities fanatic and enjoys watching all forms of Olympic sports activities. Fidel Castro has visited the nationwide group’s coaching camps, sports activities faculties, Nationwide Colleges Video games and frolicked with the students-athletes and Olympic gamers. Since 1990, the Cuban dictatorship has spent greater than $80 million per yr into Olympic sport. Nonetheless, Cuba is just not an Olympic paradise. Cuba’s fashionable sporting historical past has been marked by sporting defections.

Each dictatorship has a mode of its personal. Leonidas Rafael Trujillo had one: Dominican music. Francois Duvalier had one: Haitian tradition. Kim Jong Il has one: the cinematography. He likes movies as “Gone with the Wind”, a well-known movie American. The dictator of North Korea wrote an essay “On the Artwork of Cinema”.

The Idi Amin Dada regimewas infamous for torturing political prisoners, forbidding dissent and free speech. Underneath the dictatorship of Idi Amin Dada, about 350,000 folks had been killed. However he loves Olympic sports activities like Fidel Castro Ruz. Throughout 1970s he had turn out to be an outspoken champion of sport within the Third World. I remembered that the Ugandan group received two gold, 4 silver and three bronze medals in the course of the Commonwealth Video games in New Zealand in 1974. Total Ugandan group ranked tenth, earlier than Wales, Trinidad Tobago, Tanzania and Jamaica.

Fidel Castro as soon as stated: “What has Cuba’s function been within the Olympic Video games? What has it achieved? What has been the fruit of our efforts to advertise wholesome clear sports activities? On the 1972 Olympics, we completed 14th amongst 122 international locations. On the Montreal Olympics in 1976–Juantorena remembers this effectively, and so do we–we completed eighth amongst 88 taking part international locations. In 1980, in Moscow we completed 4th amongst 81 international locations; in 1992, in Spain we completed fifth amongst 169 international locations; and in Atlanta, in 1996 we completed eighth amongst 197 international locations. Might anybody refuse these figures”. However below one of many world’s oldest surviving dictatorships, the game has turn out to be a helpful manner for men and women to entry to freedom.

Actually, Cuban sport is a narrative of each frustration and miracles. The Cuban authorities reacted with increduly when in 1980 Roberto Urrutia, a weightlifter, unexpectedly introduced his choice to hunt asylum in the USA. On the age 14 Urrutia made weightlifting excessive prime precedence, and ten months later he established nationwide data. Urrutia entered the 1975 Pan American Championship on the age of 18 and received gold medals for Cuba. In December, in Matanzas, he turn out to be the primary Latin American weightlifter to acquire a World report. In 1976 he lastly realized his dream of competing within the Olympics. Like Alberto Juantorena (monitor and discipline), Teofilo Stevenson (boxing) and Mireya Luis Hernandez (volleyball), Roberto Urrutia Hernandez, former member of Youth Communist Union, was a logo of the Cuban Revolution. Roberto, was born on December 12, 1956, in La Havana, received Three gold medals on the 1978 Weightlifting World Championships and ended world Soviet’s-year domination of worldwide weightlifting. Actually, he was voted Hero of the Yr by Prensa Latina. Earlier than the Moscow Olympic Video games, Roberto Urrutia defected to the USA through Mexico.

Up to now few years, now we have seen a lot of occasions happen: Taimaris Aguero, a participant, got here to hunt freedom in Italy; Odelin Molina, an excellent footballer from La Havana sought political asylum in the USA; and Dulce Tellez, a sportswoman, got here to San Juan de Puerto Rico.

Aguero, who at 1,77, was thought-about the most effective feminine athletes within the Americas, on the age of 16 she turn out to be the youngest particular person ever to be a member of Cuban Group. In the course of the 1993 World Junior Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aguero completed first within the competitors for finest setter. When Tanya Ortyz, setter from 1987 to 1995, introduced her intention to retire on the finish of 1995, Aguero was thought-about a number one candidate for the publish. Subsequently, she was keywoman when Cuba completed first on the 1998 World Championship. In 2000 Aguero helped the Cuban group attain victory on the Olympic Video games. If not the best setter ever, she is definitely probably the most celebrated in volleyball historical past. These days Taimaris Aguero is among the most remembered and dearest sportswomen by Cubans. Behind baseball, volleyball is the preferred sport in Cuba.

Dulce Tellez was named finest participant within the 2006 Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico. Underneath her management Cuba received the bronze medal in volleyball within the 2004 Olympic Video games in Athens. She left Cuba in July 2006–three months earlier than the World Championships in Tokyo. Earlier than the 2006 World Championships, Cuba was ranked third on this planet. Now it’s ranked seventh. In the meantime, Odelin Molina, was born on August, 1974, in La Havana, was one in all Cuba’s finest footballer and performed the 1991 World Championship Underneath-16 in Italy. In 1995 he defected to the USA, the place he lives now.

SPORTING DEFECTIONS

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

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

3. Aldama, Yamilé-Monitor and Area…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-Biking…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-Biking…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-Biking…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-Capturing….1999….Canada

49. Lapera, Ulises-Area Hockey…1999…Canadá

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-Monitor and Area…1997…Greece

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

58. Nuñez, Jesús-Biking…1998…Venezuela

59. Nunez, Vladimir-Baseball…1995…Venezuela

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

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

62. Perez, José-Monitor and Area…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-Biking…1998…Venezuela

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

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

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

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

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

72. Sánchez, Alexis-Monitor and Area…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

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