Cuba Strengthens Policy for Sportsmen Overseas Contracts

Havana, March 17 (Prensa Latina) The policy for hiring Cuban athletes in foreign leagues has been strengthened since 2013, according to Ramiro Domínguez, legal director of the National Sports Institute (Inder).

From Ramiro’s viewpoint, we had the opportunity to sign 61 overseas contracts in different disciplines during last year, and to temporally place around 300 athletes in foreign tournaments, training or leagues.

We had no much experience as the we started off with this process, but fortunately we managed to advance in 2015. We hope all figures increasingly rise, always in accordance with our objectives, he said.

In this regard, he reiterated that it continues to be Inder’s top priority, institute responsible for representing these overseas contract athletes, increasing their technical training and enhancing their results.

In addition, it is aimed at raising the training level of coaches and improving the living conditions of all these athletes and their respective relatives, in order to counter the talent theft.

Domínguez explained that in order to sign a contract, the Cuban sportsman must boast an adequate social behavior, good teaching and sports results, be of interest to his/her national federation and receive the corresponding authorization from the country where he/she would play.

We are in charge of assessing the athlete’s living conditions in the club where he/she would play, the right to play for Cuba when she/he is asked for, and his/her safety, including the so-called second medical opinion in case of injury or discomfort, he said.

The specialist pointed out that there is also currently an economic compensation for training, which it can be a fixed economic amount or the 20 percent equivalent of the contract in question.


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