Cuban javelin thrower defaults ahead of world championships

Javelin competitor Yiselena Ballar Rojas has defected from the Cuban team for the 2022 world championships, according to official media on the island.

Play Off and Swing Completo, two portals that publish information on Latin American athletes in the United States, reported this week that Ballar Rojas left the delegation in Miami, a stopover point for the Cuban delegation en route to the United States. Oregon for Worlds.

The Jit portal, official media of the National Institute of Sports and Physical Education of Cuba (INDER), confirmed Ballar Rojas’ decision condemning it in a message published Thursday evening.

“In view of her reprehensible attitude, by which she turns her back on the commitment she made, we confirm the will to strengthen ourselves in the effort to fight for a result worthy of the nobility of the Cuban people which will continue our work in the city of Eugene,” he said in the post.

Ballar Rojas was scheduled to compete in the javelin at the world championships. His heat was scheduled for Wednesday.

Ballar Rojas won bronze at last year’s U20 World Cup in Nairobi, Kenya. Also in 2021, she won a silver medal at the Junior Pan American Games in Colombia.

She was included in the Cuban delegation at the last minute after Yorgelis Rodríguez withdrew from the heptathlon due to a knee injury.

This month, the president of the Cuban Athletics Federation criticized athletes who abandon Cuban sports teams when traveling abroad, a situation the communist country often faces.

“I feel sorry for them, because they change their jersey for any financial reason,” said Alberto Juantorena, who won the 400 and 800 meter races at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.


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