"This was a very irresponsible act of cowardice by these … players. They have betrayed their homeland."
Antonio Garces, a Cuban Football Association official, speaking to Reuters after news that as many as eight members of the Cuban under-23 football team defected while playing in pre-Olympic matches in the United States.
Welcome to the blog of my new book, Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba, which is published in Australia and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin.
The book is now available in the UK, Canada and the US, and in Brazil (in Portuguese).