Returning Cuban Boxers Who Defected in Brazil Promised Leniency by Castro

Fidel Castro Cuban leader Fidel Castro says two Cuban boxers who have returned home after apparently defecting during the Pan American Games in Brazil will be treated fairly and not arrested.

Mr. Castro said in an article Sunday in a state newspaper, Juventud Rebelde, that the men will be given decent tasks for future work.

Olympic boxing champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara were found Thursday in a beach resort town near Rio de Janeiro after failing to appear for matches last month at the Pan American games in Brazil.

State media say the two arrived back in Cuba early Sunday.

Media reports say the boxers signed contracts with German boxing promoters, but apparently changed their minds and agreed to return to Cuba after being detained by Brazilian police for overstaying their visas.

Mr. Castro has blamed American money for the defections.

VoA

Tags:

You May Also Like

In Beijing, Brazilian Vice President Urges Reforms in Brazil

On the fourth day of his official visit to China, Brazilian Vice President José ...

LETTERS

Brazilian theater started to flourish in the ’30s with the production of texts by ...

Brazil Amazon’s Wood Exports Jump to US$ 1 Billion

A study by Brazil’s non-governmental organization, Imazon (the Amazonian Institute for Man and the ...

Eco-friendly American Company Hired to Support Power Plants in Brazil

Ecology and Environment do Brasil (E & E), subsidiary of a company headquartered in ...

Brazil Ambassador Deplores Lack of International Help to Haiti

“There has been a reduction in crime in certain spots where the population was ...

Brazil: Bahia’s Elite Preventing Indians from Getting Land

The torture case of five Brazilian Tupinambá Indians in the state of Bahia, in ...

Close Ally of Brazilian President Loses Political Rights

A Brazilian court suspended the civil rights of Sao Paulo’s former mayor, Marta Suplicy, ...

More than 2 Years Later Brazil and the Rich Still Can’t Agree on Farm Subsidies

The Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, spent this weekend in Geneva, Switzerland, ...

Venezuela in Mercosur: Problem Is Not Country But Chavez, Says Brazilian Senator

Talking about the admission of Venezuela into Mercosur, the president of the Brazilian Senate ...

Sloppy Revision in Brazil’s Textbook Delays Columbus Trip Over 400 Years

Italian adventurer Christopher Columbus must be having nightmares: according to the Brazilian state of ...