Cuban boxing star Andy Cruz caught attempting to flee island nation

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(FILES) On this file picture taken on August 8, 2021, gold medallist Cuba’s Andy Cruz celebrates on the rostrum through the victory ceremony for the boys’s gentle (57-63kg) boxing last bout through the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Kokugikan Area in Tokyo. (Photograph by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)

Olympic and triple world boxing champion Andy Cruz was caught attempting to flee Cuba, the island nation’s boxing federation mentioned on Tuesday, accusing the fighter of “critical indiscipline”.

The Cuban Boxing Federation (FCB) issued an announcement on the web site of Cuba’s INDER sports activities institute saying it had been “knowledgeable that the athlete Andy Cruz Gomez took half in an try to illegally depart the nation”.

However the FCB gave no extra particulars in regards to the escape try nor Cruz’s present whereabouts.

Cruz, who received gold on the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, is taken into account by many consultants to be the best Cuban boxer of his era.

He faces a brief or everlasting suspension from Cuban boxing over the incident.

The FCB mentioned it was a case of “critical indiscipline” that will “generate corresponding assessments” that will quickly be revealed.

Cruz didn’t flip as much as the nationwide championships final week, nor a pre-competition coaching camp.

The Oncuba web site had mentioned two sources near the boxer claimed he had left the nation, with out specifying the place he was headed.

The FCB mentioned Cruz’s “apparent lack of motivation” was behind his exclusion from a Cuban skilled workforce journey to Mexico to participate in a boxing match.

Boxing is a supply of nationwide delight for Cuba, which has received 41 Olympic titles and 80 world crowns within the nominally beginner model of the game, now identified formally as Olympic-style boxing.

There’s nothing uncommon about Cuban athletes attempting to flee their nation as Cuba has lengthy prevented its sports activities stars from turning skilled, forcing them to compete for nationwide glory relatively than private rewards.

However Cuba has slowly been opening as much as skilled sport.

In April, communist authorities lastly allowed boxers to participate in skilled boxing competitions, resulting in the workforce match in opposition to Mexico, which the Cubans received 6-0 with 5 knockouts, even with out Cruz.

Different sports activities akin to baseball have additionally embraced restricted professionalism lately as final month Cuban authorities reached an settlement with the game’s worldwide governing physique, the WBSC, to permit Cuban baseballers to handle their very own skilled contracts with golf equipment in overseas leagues.

Even so, in latest months wrestler Ismael Borrero, the Olympic champion at Rio 2016, and canoeist Fernando Dayan Jorge, Olympic champion in Tokyo, each escaped the nation.

Cuba is struggling its worst recession in three a long time, partly provoked by the coronavirus pandemic and the ramping up of US sanctions beneath former president Donald Trump, which has led to mass migration.


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