Havana, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Baseball is one of the most affected sports by the blockade of Cuba maintained by the United States for more than 50 years, Cuban former baseball star Rey Vicente Anglada asserted today in this capital.
‘The blockade has affected us in a great extent and continues to do so,’ said the extraordinary second base for the teams Cuba and Havana Industriales during the announcement in this capital of a walk race to denounce that hostile policy against the Cuban people.
That sports event that will be held throughout the country on September 9, will mark the beginning of the 2017 international campaign against the blockade, with actions in and out of Cuba, in rejection of that retrograde policy that has been condemned by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly for the last 25 consecutive years.
The blockade is condemned every time it is put to the vote at the UN and ‘the whole world cannot be wrong,’ said the legendary Cuban baseball player that wore the number 36.
It is necessary that the whole world raises awareness that this policy has to be eliminated, said Anglada, who has been national champion as player and as head coach of the Industriales Lyons, the most followed baseball team by Cuban fans.
Anglada told Prensa Latina news agency that there were 23 Cuban players competing in the US Major Leagues, but they have been banned from returning to the country, as a consequence of the blockade. It results in agreements between the two baseball commissions being banned and Cuba even kept aside the Caribbean Baseball Confederation
‘That is another proof on how it is affecting us,’ he added.
Baseball is a very expensive sports, he added… and bats, balls, gloves and the patents of most equipment are the United States’, and we have to buy them from other countries, because we cannot get them at the US market. So, they are a lot more expensive, asserted the Cuban former great ball player.