Interesting headline in the Miami Herald today: Defections might hurt Cuban team.
It was for a story I posted on earlier this week, about three Cuban boxers who escaped Castro’s tyranny for freedom. The Herald’s take on this story?
The final verdict is more than a year away, following the 2008 Olympics, but the defections of Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy could have a potentially damaging effect on the Cuban boxing program.
Gamboa, Solis and Barthelemy, who plan to begin their professional careers soon, won three of Cuba’s five boxing gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics and were strong favorites to win their respective weight classes in Beijing.
”This affects Cuban boxing, since we were three Olympic gold medalists, and I believe would have been double gold medalists had we stayed,” Gamboa said soon after arriving in Miami on Thursday night.
Oh, boo-freaking-hoo. Poor Castro is going to miss out on a few Olympic medals. Meanwhile, thanks to the mental defectives who run Cuba, 11 million Cubans are hurting.
Here Fidel, here’s the world’s smallest violin playing for your loss: