Saturday, September 08, 2007

(More) boxing news

Remember those two Cuban boxers who tried to defect while competing in Rio only to reportedly change their mind after a few days and ask to be returned home?

That was back in July.

On their return, the hapless boxers received a “royal pardon” from Fidel Castro.

The man who for the past 50 years has had the final say on what happens to each and every one of his 11 million subjects was at his magnanimous best: h
e promised the boxers would never represent Cuba again but would be treated with “dignity”.

Well, now we know what the ailing dictator meant by “dignity”.

Oone of the boxers involved, Guillermo Rigondeaux, has confirmed to the Spanish news agency EFE that he is now officially out of work – in a country where all sportspeople are employed by the Government.

Rigondeaux, an Olympic champion regarded among the top boxers in the world, said he had been ignored by officials and shunned by his friends, former trainers, fellow boxers and sports administrators.

“No one has come to speak to me about my future,” he said. “They know where I live so if they don’t visit is because they don’t want to.”

Actually, they don’t visit because they have been told not to.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, excuse me, sir, but you appear to be operating from a false premise. As far as the glorious and magnanimous tyranny, er, revolution is concerned, Rigondeaux and all others like him are state property. Chattel, pure and simple.

He should be grateful he wasn't terminated (and I don't mean dimissed from his job). Slaves, however glorified, should never forget their place.

7:19 am  

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