I am writing this quickly and a little
late. I should do this because of the strong emphasis I have
placed in the analysis of this matter.
Besides, the news is not disheartening. The
wire services announced that the two boxers who had defected
in Rio de Janeiro had been found and arrested by the
authorities on a beach close to that city. Remember that they
had been given up for missing. They were there without any
They were not sent to prison. They remained
in the same hotel where they were staying, under the
surveillance of the Federal Police. The boxers told the police
that they had made a mistake and regretted it. They refused to
see a German citizen who very promptly took interest in them,
following instructions from a mafia company. We learned about
The authorities asked us for their
documents, and the Cuban consular representatives, following
our Ambassador’s instructions, proceeded up to complete all
The news stating that the boxers were in
Turkey while immigration matters were being looked after had
obviously been released by the mafia as a smoke screen. There
was even a German Member of Parliament who attempted to hit a
home-run with a fake ball. The company that had invested more
than two million dollars in this grotesque business was
talking about the "human rights" of the athletes' families.
What will the United Nations say about this unfair competition?
This is where sports and politics get
together in the search for concrete and principled solutions,
over and above fondness and bitterness.
Those citizens will not be submitted to any
sort of arrest, much less the kinds of methods being used by
the United States Government in Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo,
which we have never used in this country. They will be
temporarily transferred to a guest house and allowed family
visits. The press will also be able to contact them if they so
They will be offered decent jobs for the
benefit of sports, given their knowledge and experience.
The Brazilian authorities should not be
worried in the face of the inevitable campaigns being launched
by our adversaries. Cuba’s behaviour will rise to the occasion.
I, for one, shall have a good sleep.
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 4, 2007