Eleven younger baseball gamers defected from the nationwide group throughout a event for gamers beneath the age of 23, which started final month. The remaining Cuban gamers on the group are attributable to return to the communist-run island on Monday.
A press release from Cuba’s Nationwide Institute of Sports activities, Bodily Schooling and Recreation (INDER) slammed the lacking gamers for “weak morals and ethics.”
Cuban officers additionally blamed the US for restrictions that pressure Cuban gamers to defect in an effort to play within the Main Leagues.
Usually solely the gamers who’re seen as most loyal to the federal government are chosen to play overseas and are accompanied by authorities chaperones to forestall them from defecting.
Cuba has been onerous hit economically throughout the pandemic with few vacationers visiting and restrictions on worldwide flights which has prevented many Cubans from leaving the island.