Four Cuban baseball players have left the team that recently competed in the Women’s World Cup in Japan.
As Francys Romero reports, four players from the last Women’s Baseball World Cup in Japan left the Cuban delegation while the team recently made a stopover in Mexico.
Sources close to the specialist journalist confirmed that they are Glenda Camila Dunet (25, Santiago de Cuba), Yoannet Domínguez (22, Santiago de Cuba), Yusvani Bonne (25, Santiago de Cuba) and Talia Vélazquez (20, Camagüey) acts.
Following the exodus of these four athletes, there are now a total of 44 Cuban athletes who have competed internationally or have their contracts terminated in 2023, Romero said.
The Cuban team ended its participation in the IX. Women’s Baseball World Cup a few days ago with four defeats (three of them by knockout) and only one win against France.
Data from Diario de Cuba suggests this is the worst historical performance in these tournaments. In their other World Cup presentations, the Cubans finished sixth in 2006 and 2010, seventh in the most recent event in 2018 and eighth twice in 2012 and 2016.
When asked about the future of women’s baseball, player Alfredo Despaigne assured that “it is evolving” and that “we will see stronger Cuban women’s teams in the future.” However, due to the economic crisis that Cuba is going through this year, the women’s national baseball championship could not be held.
The truth is that under the current circumstances in which the country finds itself, the disengagement of athletes seems unstoppable. “At the current rate I think only two athletes will compete in the Olympics, Mijail López and Julio César La Cruz,” one user commented. “Very good for them, but I cannot understand those who returned to Cuba. “So the whole team could stay,” another person wrote.