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Boxer Andy Cruz is expelled from Cuban sports

Cruz, Olympic champion in Tokyo-2020, has been considered the most technical of the Domadores de Cuba squad, owner of 80 world titles and 41 Olym


Cruz, Olympic champion in Tokyo-2020, has been considered the most technical of the Domadores de Cuba squad, owner of 80 world titles and 41 Olympics.

On June 28, the commission had reported that Cruz was caught “in an attempt to leave the country illegally,” considered “a serious lack of discipline in the regulations” of Cuban boxing.

According to the statement, Cruz also incurred other indiscipline, by being absent from the training sessions of the Playa Girón 2022 National Boxing Tournament, the most important on the island and which began on June 20.

Despite returning with all the honors from Tokyo, Andy was excluded from the team in May, when Cuba returned to professional boxing after more than 60 years, in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes.

“He experienced a decline in his performance and attitude in the gym,” said Rolando Acebal, coach of the so-called flagship of Cuban sports.

The boxing commission said that “there were multiple spaces for dialogue designed to exchange on these and other breaches, recognized by the athlete himself” and that his conduct “showed signs of deterioration during the first half of the current year.”

The boxer’s escape attempt occurs at a time when Cuba is experiencing a massive migratory wave, with which numerous high-level athletes have left.

Among the Cuban sports figures who have escaped in recent months are the wrestler Ismael Borrero, Olympic champion in Rio-2016, and the canoeist Fernando Dayán Jorge, Olympic champion in Tokyo-2020.

The island faces its worst economic crisis in three decades, due to growing shortages of food, medicine and fuel, amid the tightening of the embargo imposed by the United States for six decades and the effects of the pandemic.