Fidel praises and cautions Cuban athletes before OlympicsPre-empting a move by Cuban athletes to defect during the Beijing Olympics beginning Friday, Fidel Castro has cautioned them that while people would cherish the “struggle” of those who try to win a medal, they would also remember the “traitors”. “At the Olympics, due to begin on August 8,our athletes in different sports will struggle to win the gold with more dignity than ever, and our people will enjoy their gold medals as they never have,” Castro said in a statement.
He added: “Then the fanatics will remember the traitors.”
BBC NEWS | Americas | Travel ban threat for Cuba boxersCuban leader Fidel Castro has threatened to pull his country's boxing team out of the world championship in the US to prevent fighters defecting.
In the most recent case, Rigondeaux, a double Olympic and amateur world bantamweight champion, and Lara, a world amateur welterweight champion, failed to show up for their fights in Rio despite being favourites to win gold.
Brazilian police detained them last week for overstaying their visas.
But an Arena spokesman told Brazilian media the boxers had later changed their minds about signing out of fear for their families' safety back in Cuba.
Anytime you need to post guards to keep your own citizens from fleeing whenever you go overseas, that should be a sign that your country is a ****hole 8 ways from sunday. Can you think of any other countries that do the same thing?