(More) boxing news
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: he 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.