A player of the Cuban basketball team defected during the stopover of a flight in Spain

Raudelis Guerra Zayas defected from the Cuban basketball team (adncuba)
Raudelis Guerra Zayas defected from the Cuban basketball team (adncuba)

This Monday a new case of a Cuban athlete who defected during a tour abroad was released. This time it’s about young Raudelis Guerra Zayas, member of the basketball team, who left the delegation during a stopover in Madrid. In this way, the team is left with only nine men for the qualifier to the Americup 2022 that will be disputed in The Savior.

Strangely, the Cuban basketball team had to make a stopover in the Baraja’s airport as part of his trip to the tournament headquarters in Central America. After the campus did the immigration procedures, they lost track of Guerra Zayas, who is 26 years old and who until now worked in the team Guantanamo.

“The Cuban Basketball Team loses a member during the stopover in Spain. The Guantanamo Raudelis Guerra leaves the National Team at the Barajas airport. The Cuba team is left with 9 men for the qualifying rounds in El Salvador ”, was the message that the journalist wrote Henry Morales on his Twitter account to alert about this situation.

The athlete disappeared from the Barajas airport (EFE / Emilio Naranjo / Archive)
The athlete disappeared from the Barajas airport (EFE / Emilio Naranjo / Archive)

Morales himself later contacted the basketball player, who claimed to be fine. “I left the delegation for a very, very personal reason. Perhaps many do not know what it is and people give their opinion without knowing it. But I do understand myself and mine will understand me, “he explained in statements to the site. Playoff Magazine. Then, he added: “I want to get ahead, I want to succeed. I know that the road is going to be difficult, but I am ready for the challenge ”.

In this way, Cuba arrives with only nine players to the pre-qualifying tournament based in El Salvador, which will be played from July 2 to 4 and which grants two places for the Americup 2022. This tournament, in turn, gives seven places to the FIBA World Cup already Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile, to be held both in 2023.

That of Guerra Zayas joins other cases of desertions of Cuban athletes and collaborators that occurred in the last month. Jorge Sile Figueroa, a psychologist for the baseball team, stayed in USA after the participation of the Baseball Pre-Olympic of the Americas, qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics. Days before, Cesar Prieto, one of the promises of the discipline, had left his companions just hours after landing in the country of the North.

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