Cuban Sports Affected by US-Imposed Blockade

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) The acquisition of sports equipment and uniforms for athletes at high prices in third countries remains today among the effects of the US blockade of Cuba.

This US policy insists on hindering visa procedures for Cuban athletes and coaches in order to participate in training bases in other nations, the catcher of the Industriales team, Frank Camilo Morejón, told Prensa Latina.

In this regard, he mentioned that the economic, commercial and financial blockade considerably damages Cuban baseball in the purchase of balls, spikes, specialized footwear and tack suits.

Morejón added that the acquisition of these implements would be less expensive if they were bought in the US, but having to import them from Europe or Asia increases the prices.

On the other hand, the player and first base of Industriales, Alexander Malleta, pointed out that nutrients and restorative food for athletes cannot be acquired from US firms due to the limitations in the imports of products and educational means for teaching at sports education centers.

‘Despite this punitive measure, Cuba has the will to maintain its successes in sports and will not limit the fruitful results of Cuban athletes,’ added Malleta.

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