The anti-Cuba policy places the island in a disadvantage with the rest of the world, because many foreign firms reject the possibility of trading with Cuba and, in the best of cases, demand payment in advance and with excessively rates.
Baseball, basketball and water sports, among others, use U.S.-made materials for their training and due to the blockade they must be purchased in third nations, increasing the cost of the materials.
Many of these articles, including baseballs, gloves and other equipment, in addition to water accessories, are of good quality, produced by certain brands which are of obligatory use by international sports federations. This forces Cuba to purchase the products at much higher prices, thus negatively affecting the country’s economy.
Mercedes Rodriguez, development director of the Cuban Sports Industry, told reporters recently that due to the economic blockade, the firm has faced many obstacles to obtain the materials for the production of 50 million sports articles.
She said that Cuba has produced sports equipment and accessories thanks to the will and talent of the workers who look for new solutions to counter the negative consequences of the blockade.
Also, as part of the package of genocidal measures against the Cuban people, the U.S. blockade refuses entry visas to many athletes that are invited to participate in important international competitions in that country.
It is not a secret to anyone that the United States, the richest and most developed nation on the plant, continues to try to stop Cuba from being successful in World Cups, Pan American Games, World Championships and the Olympics.
Cuban athletes are the only ones to compete under pressure and stress due to the harassment of scouts who attempt to encourage them to defect and leave their country.
Despite the absurd attitude of our neighbors to the north, the Cuban sports movement demonstrates on a daily basis the ability to overcome all obstacles in the international competitions where Cuba’s athletes participate.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA