The Pan-American archery champion in Rio de Janeiro 2007, the Cuban Adrián Puentes, left his delegation, which was training in a base in Mexico and is already in the USA. He recently qualified for the Central American and Caribbean Games San Salvador 2023 , according to the journalist Francys Romero, the athlete’s defection is a serious blow to the regime, which presented him as a benchmark in sports discipline.
Puentes, who this year won first place in the Elite Archery Olympiad in the individual and mixed categories, in addition to the highest honor in the Merengue Archery Cup in Santo Domingo, was part of the Cuban team in the preparation camp organized by World Archery Americas and Panam Sports, which takes place from September 18 to 25 at the facilities of the Mexican Olympic Committee.
The man from Sancti Spiritus is the thirty-ninth athlete to leave this year from one of the Cuban delegations during an international event or who has a contract. Last July, after taking part in the Archery World Cup, Puentes declared to official media that his goal this cycle was focused on “looking my best on the team.”
The man from Sancti Spiritus is the thirty-ninth athlete to leave one of the Cuban delegations this year during an international event
Romero had warned in August that more leaks would come: “It is the reality of Cuban sports and society right now. The situation will only increase. In 2023 there will be Central American and Pan American Games in the same year.”
The bleeding of athletes is turning out to be more than chaotic for the regime. Before Puentes, the Cuban volleyball player Yamisleydis Viltres defected, after the Cuban team suffered a defeat against the United States in the XIX Pan American Cup of the discipline in the Mexican state of Sonora. The athlete is currently in Houston, Texas.
On August 23, Lázaro Taylor Fernández left the concentration in the Bahamas, with which the Island lost one of its best representatives of athletics in the 400 meters.
The blows reach the official sport everywhere, and not only the players are leaving but also sports figures from disciplines such as kayaking, wrestling, karate, athletics, basketball, futsal, volleyball, badminton, according to what Francys Romero pointed out on his social networks. .
The bleeding of athletes is turning out to be more than chaotic for the regime. Before Puentes, the Cuban volleyball player Yamisleydis Viltres defected, after the Cuban team suffered a defeat against the United States
Another hook to the liver for Cuban sports was the desertion of boxer Billy Rodríguez. The boxer took advantage of his professional debut, in which he won the Mexican Miguel Ángel Luna by technical knockout, to break relations with the Domadores de Cuba boxing team.
The Cuban ball continues to give note. Last week former Granma pitcher and pitching coach Ciro Silvino Licea took a flight from Havana to Nicaragua. His goal, which he is about to fulfill, is to reunite with his wife who is already in Houston, Texas.
This Thursday, Sancti Spiritus left-handed batter Dismany Ortiz left the island for the United States. Ortiz has youth “to continue in baseball. It may not be the way of the MLB system, but he can try it in the different independent or winter leagues within and outside US territory,” public Baseball FR!
This publication also reported the abandonment of Yunior Charadán and the left-handed pitcher Francis Texido, who seek to continue their sports career to find an opportunity in one of the Major League teams.
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