Havana, June 3 .- About 20 fishing boats from the United States will not participate in 61st Ernest Hemingway International Fishing Tournament because the government denied a license to sail to Cuba.
In a press conference held Friday at the Marina Hemingway in this capital, José Miguel Díaz Escrich, Commodore of the International Yacht Club also named after the American writer, noted that the current administration of that country also limited the participation of 19 fans to that event.
Escrich Díaz said that despite the restrictions, U.S. is the nation with the largest presence in the current edition, it will be represented by five teams competing.
Commodore noted the good relations of friendship between the lovers of fishing in both territories, and stressed that even with the existence of intimidation and pressure from Washington, past tournaments have had American participants.
Also stressed that the traditional event is a tribute to the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ernest Hemingway, a great friend of Cuba.
Regarding the event, Diaz Escrich reiterated it is being held from Monday to Saturday this week, and announced the confirmation of the attendance of 24 teams from 14 nations, including Russia, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Ecuador, France Germany and Argentina.
In the Tag & Release format, (check and drop) to protect species, participants aspire to the highest score by capturing species such as the Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish.
Convened by the Hemingway International Yacht Club and the Ministry of Tourism of Cuba, this event was first held on May 26, 1950 and is one of the oldest of its kind in the world. (AIN)