Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Cuban jumpers remain visa-free for the Liga del Diamante finals

None of the athletes who would visit the North American city of Eugene to represent Cuba in the 2023 Diamond League finals were granted visas to enter the United States. So the trip lists Leyanis Perez and Liadagmis Povea and high jumper Luis Enrique Zayas You will not be attending the final competition this weekend.

“Although it was known that they had a chance of reaching the final based on their results, the official communication from the track organizers was not received until August 31,” national athletics commissioner Rolando Charroo told the Jit website. “On the same day, the three athletes took part in the Diamond League parade in the Swiss city of Zurich. Only from that moment could they proceed with the visa application.”

According to the manager, “after this competition, the boys moved to Spain, where they had been concentrated before the world competition, to begin their return to Cuba. We tried to submit the visa applications there, but.” We have been informed that only dates for 2025 are available“.

Then, he said, “we made the application in Havana, where they would return on September 10th. The American embassy scheduled the appointment for September 12th. The athletes and their coaches presented themselves at the diplomatic headquarters and as soon as the procedure was completed, they were informed The applications were subject to an administrative procedure. “This obviously means we have no opportunity to take part in the event.”

So we have to wait a little longer for another duel between the Cubans and the sensational Venezuelan Yulimar Rojas, which will not take place at the Pan American Games in Santiago. The world record holder will not take part in this event.

Pérez would have arrived in his test in Eugene in third place (26 points), while Povea would have done so in sixth place (16). Zayas, for his part, finished eleventh with 11 units.

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