Monday Jan 17, 2022

Cuba, a nation of Olympic slaves

Dieudonné Lamothe, an athlete from Haiti, ended up lost in the 5000-meter race at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. He lost the Olympic competition, but Lamothe was not assassinated by President Jean-Claude Duvalier, the dictator who became known around the world as “Baby Doc Duvalier”. During the following years, Lamothe revealed that Jean-Claude Duvalier had threatened to kill him if he did not finish his degree … Amnesty International reports that the secret police, known as Tonton Macoutes, practice torture, assassinations and disappearances, including assassinations of prominent leaders of the opposition. .

Like Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (Cuban dictator) and Idi Amin Dada (Ugandan dictator), Jean-Claude Duvalier loves sports. Certainly, he popularized soccer in Haiti, a former French colony in the Caribbean. Under his leadership, Haiti qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup tournament in Munich, West Germany. He also won the World Youth Soccer Championship in 1975 in Mexico City, Mexico. Soccer is now the country’s national sport.
Between October 12 and 26, 1975, the Haitian delegation participated in the Seventh Pan American Games held in Mexico City. The national delegation had 12 athletes competing in three sports: track and field (7), boxing (2) and tennis (3). Haitian athletes also competed in various events sponsored by international sports organizations, including basketball, golf, judo, volleyball, and boxing.

Unquestionably one of the worst dictatorships of all time, Fidel Castro Ruz enjoys all kinds of Olympic sports, including basketball and baseball, and his proudest moment was when his country hosted the Pan American Games in 1991. The people who does not know Cuba very well. Many think that Cuba is an Olympic paradise.

Like Iran, Sudan, Syria, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (or North Korea), Cuba is a terrorist state in the 21st century. Fidel Castro Ruz is not Pol Pot (Maoist dictator) and Enver Hoxha (anti-Soviet dictator), but he is a dictator in the Third World. The country has never known a period free of tyranny, repression and political conflict.

A revolution in 1959 transformed Cuba into the first socialist republic in Latin America. From 1962 to 1989, Cuba was a Soviet colony. In 1962, Cuba looked to the USSR (currently Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) for help to consolidate its sport, and sporting projects were strongly emphasized during this decade. The Soviet Union sent Olympic advisers to Havana and agreed to provide sports aid to the Cuban dictatorship. Recognizing the importance of sport for the Cuban dictatorship, the Soviets built several sports schools, better known as School Sports Initiation Schools (EIDE), modernized gymnasiums and built stadiums. This invaluable sports support continued through the 1970s and 1980s.

Sport in Cuba continues to be strictly centered in the hands of Fidel Castro Ruz. Castro has instilled mental toughness in Cuban athletes. Athletes are forced to deny the United States, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, South Korea and other countries.

Continued violence has forced more than 300 athletes to flee to neighboring countries, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and the United States.

From the outside, the “Lenin Sports School” is certainly impressive. Not all dictatorships have the same situation. Under the dictatorship of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s sport is a disaster. Yoel López always arrives early at the “Lenin Sports School”. He says: “I usually go to sports school by car but sometimes I walk.” In Cuba sports schools usually open at 7.30 in the morning. Yoel never watches television. Get seven hours of sleep a night. He works very hard. Like many Cuban children, he is a new slave to the Cuban Revolution, certainly Yoel López is a volleyball player.

Cuba won the Pan American baseball gold medal in Santo Domingo 2003. Hundreds of Cubans watched television coverage of the Pan American Games. During the last baseball game, soldiers in camouflage stood around the Cuban dugout and protected much of the section where the Cuban delegation was sitting. Even the accredited media stayed off the field and guards with loaded assault rifles protected the Cuban national bus. One soldier told a journalist that he estimated there were around 400 security workers at the stadium and said that if any Cubans escaped it would mean jail time for the Dominican patrol. “Our mission tonight is to ensure that no Cuban discards,” he said on condition of anonymity. “If you desert, they threatened us with jail and said they would fire us from the army.”

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