Note from Fidel
regarding his June 23 message to Maradona
Yesterday I wrote Diego Armando Maradona, a
renowned Argentine leading figure in the history of
football, who via Telesur has offered us his
opinions about the development of the world football
As a sports fan, I sent a message to the
Argentine star, who has additionally been an
excellent friend of the Revolutions in Venezuela and
Learning of the message, party comrades
responsible for public information suggested that I
publish my comments to Maradona. I responded that I
preferred to send them directly to Maradona, without
giving them any official publicity. I was not
obliged to refrain from doing so, because of that.
Of course, numerous agencies have mentioned the
message in their dispatches and, as is the rule, the
reactions tend to be those which represent the
interests of our adversaries.
In the world of instantaneous electronic
communication, the most technologically advanced
agencies rapidly disseminate their news, regardless
of its content. However, other more important news
items exist, which are not even released.
An example. Today, Tuesday, June 24, the web site
Russia Today reported that Higgs particle
theorists assert that the universe should not exist.
Recognized British cosmologists stated, "After
the Big Bang, the universe should have collapsed in
a matter of microseconds.
"… Robert Hogan, of King’s College in London
stated that during the time of the early universe,
they expected cosmic inflation. That was a rapid
enlargement of the universe just after the Big Bang.
This growth created a large shake-up which could
make the entire universe collapse.
"… With this data, Hogan and physicist Malcolm
Fairbairn, also from King’s College in London,
attempted to recreate the conditions of this cosmic
inflation after the Big Bang."
I use just a few of the lines relating to the
topic, but I take the liberty of asking: Why do
those who inform the people not publish one line
about what the world’s most important scientific
centers know about what occurred, or could occur, in
Attached below is the message I sent to Diego
I beg your pardon for the time I have taken with
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 24, 2014
Fidel’s Message to
Everyday I have the pleasure of
following your program on Telesur, about the
Football World Cup. Thanks to that, I have been able
to observe the extraordinary level reached by this
Maradona during a Havana meeting in 2013. Photo:
I do not believe it is possible to
offer youth an adequate education, in any country,
without sports; and in the specific case of boys,
without the inclusion of football.
I am a politician, but as a boy,
adolescent and young man, I was a sports athlete,
and devoted the largest part of my free time to this
Fidel on Cuban television program Mesa Redonda in
October, 2005. Photo: Archive Cubadebate.
I admire your conduct for numerous
reasons. I had the privilege of meeting you when the
most just ideas of our people triumphed, and no
power could suppress them.
Nothing strengthened our
relationship as Latin Americans to this degree. You
have overcome difficult challenges as an athlete and
as a young man of humble origins. I likewise salute
Messi, a formidable athlete who brings glory to the
noble people of Argentina. Nothing can take away the
glory and prestige you two have, despite the mean-spirited
efforts of gossipers.
Víctor Hugo on Telesur’s De Zurda program. Telesur
I congratulate Telesur, as
well, for brightening this hot summer and I
fraternally salute, as I have you, the excellent,
prestigious footballers of Our America, without, of
course, forgetting the magnificent, visionary Víctor
Hugo Morales, who discovered your ability and who
has promoted the noble value of the sport, and the
Argentine people who you honorably represent.
Of course, Diego, I will never
forget our friendship, and the support you always
showed the Bolivarian leader Hugo Chávez, a promoter
of sports, the Latin American Revolution, and
subjugated peoples of the world.
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 23, 2014
5: 36 p.m.