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Boxing: World boxing champion Andy Cruz expelled from Cuban sports

ANDBoxer Andy Cruz, Olympic gold medalist and world champion -who was caught in June in a failed attempt to illegally leave the pass-was expelled f


ANDBoxer Andy Cruz, Olympic gold medalist and world champion –who was caught in June in a failed attempt to illegally leave the pass-was expelled from Cuban sports for his “repeated indiscipline,” the National Commission reported Monday.

“As a result of exhaustive analyzes initiated within the disciplinary commission of our national school, the expulsion of athlete Andy Cruz Gómez from the Cuban sports structure has been decided,” announced the statement published in official media.

The Boxing Commission explains that the measure was adopted due to the “repeated indiscipline” committed by the boxer, including his absence from the training sessions prior to the Playa Girn tournament and his non-intervention in that event, the most important of the discipline that is organized on the island.

After exhaustive analysis within the disciplinary commission of our national school, the expulsion of the athlete Andy Cruz Gómez from the Cuban sports structure has been decided.

National Boxing Commission, in a statement

“The process from which the aforementioned sanction emerged also took into account his absences and late arrivals at training, absences from his teaching activities, marked by a notable decline in his academic performance, and the way in which he turned his back on commitments. assumed in various meetings organized by the management of the Inder (National Institute of Sports and Recreation),” he adds.

It also points out that there were “multiple” dialogue spaces conceived to “exchange on these and other non-compliances, recognized by the athlete himself, the protagonist of a behavior that showed signs of deterioration during the first semester of the current year”.

Attempt to get out of the way

At the end of last June, the Cuban Boxing Federation (FCB) confirmed that Andy Cruz tried to leave the country illegally. An action that qualified as serious indiscipline. “The fact, which typifies as serious indiscipline in the regulations of our sport, will generate the corresponding analyses, which we will inform in a timely manner,” the FCB said then, quoted by the official sports portal Jit, without offering more details.

The 26-year-old boxer, Tokyo 2020 Olympic champion, was not part of the Tamers team poster in his debut on the professional circuit on May 20 in the Mexican city of Aguascalientes.

His record also highlights a first place in the Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015 and in Lima in 2019 and at the World Boxing Championship in Belgrade, also in 2021.

In the last few months, there has been a trickle of desertions of Cuban athletes from various disciplines -mostly baseball- to which have been added boxing, volleyball, Greco-Roman wrestling, handball and athletics.