Ismael Borrero, Cuba

Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion Ismael Borrero leaves Cuba

MADRID, Spain.- The Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion (59 kg) in Rio 2016, Ismael Borrero, “defected” from the Cuban delegation with which he traveled to Acapulco, Mexico, where he would participate in the 2022 Pan American Wrestling Championship.

“Unfortunately, the arrival was marked by the abandonment of the delegation of the Grequista from Santiago, Ismael Borrero, Olympic champion and twice at the world level,” reported the official media HIT.

As usual, the Cuban authorities considered his decision as “a serious indiscipline within the Cuban sports system.”

Borrero “puts aside the objectives of his team in this fight and in the four-year period towards the 2024 Paris Olympic Games,” he said. HIT.

The 30-year-old Cuban athlete won three consecutive Pan American Championships (2012, 2013 and 2014); and he won the gold medal at the world fighting tournaments in Las Vegas (2015) and Nur-Sultan (2019).

Last March the also Olympic champion, but in the canoe discipline, Fernando Dayán Jorge, deserted the delegation with which he was traveling to Mexico to carry out training.

The departure of the canoeist “ruins years of intense work and aspects of the development strategy of that sport towards the Olympic cycles of Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028,” said the National Canoeing Commission (CNC).

Recent exodus of Cuban athletes

During the month of March, in addition to Fernando Dayán Jorge, the young sailors Iris Laura Manso and Carlos Miguel Expósito; the long jumper Lester Lescay, who, after his presentation at an indoor track event held in Belgrade, Serbia, left the delegation and stayed in Spain; boxers Kevin Brown (67 kg) and Herich Ruiz (86 kg), who took advantage of their trip to the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, where they would participate in the Continental Championship.

Baseball was the sport with the lowest casualties: The leader of the U-15 national baseball team emigrated to the Dominican Republic, Maykol Valdivia Brown; the Santiago prospect Yorelquis Hernández and Danell Figueroa from Matanzas. While Miguel Rolando Camacho Yanes arrived in the United States after completing the migratory route through Central America, during which he lost his father in a traffic accident.

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