Cuba's three-time Olympic champion denounces US blockade

Cuba's three-time Olympic champion denounces US blockade
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17 February 2021
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Havana, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) The stellar Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez, three-time Olympic champion in Greco-Roman style, denounced on Wednesday that the US blockade significantly affects his country and is the main obstacle to sports development.
 
In a virtual meeting broadcasted live on the @SiempreConCuba platform on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, Lopez, five-time world and Pan American champion, alleged that the US economic, commercial and financial blockade is a flagrant violation of the rights of Caribbean athletes.

The 38-year-old gladiator, in the 130 kg division, added that the impact of this coercive measure minimizes the possibilities of Cuban competitors in international events.

Considered the main trump card of Cuban sport towards Tokyo 2020, Lopez, native of the western province of Pinar del Rio thanked all the solidarity movements that raise their voices against the White House's hostile policy.

Likewise, the world record holder in the men's high jump, Javier Sotomayor, demanded the end of the US blockade. We have been asking for the lifting of this measure for a very long time. More and more countries and people are on our side.

King under the five rings in Barcelona 1992, Sotomayor condemned the punitive actions of the US government, and expressed his hope for swift actions and such arbitrary behavior to change.

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