REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
ANOTHER REFLECTION ABOUT THE PANAMERICAN GAMES
I do not have much material to write, nor do I have the time.
Today, Thursday, I am writing for the sports page. It struck me to see the number of athletes injured in many of the sports, with the exception of swimming, ping pong, tennis and a few others. Professional status forces you to risk your life like a modern gladiator. When they are not felled by a real injury, they pretend like drama specialists. That would not educate anyone among the millions of athletes of all ages in our country.
In many countries, athletes do not even compete for their own nation. Some of them earn up to 102 million dollars a year, more than the owner of a large sugar mill. Cuba only has her own athletes, and they are not professionals. It is an unfair contest.
Sometimes I have fun as I watch the strong well-nourished thorough-bred horses --let's call them Aryan-- just like their riders. But despite all that, it is a peaceful competition and an amusing colonial heritage. Tell me what’s your competition, and I will tell you who your colonizers were.
Nowadays as we have some relative sovereignty, everyone, as the case may be, tries to introduce new sports into the regional and world competitions. One example: badminton.
now watching the women’s volleyball game.
The score is 18 to 17 for
We have just heard the national anthem playing for the gold medal in women’s cycling, at in the afternoon. The anthem is played again for judo, broadcast at . And again for volleyball, immediately afterwards. And later still, another gold, for men’s cycling.
The news keeps coming, but I must deliver
this material and watch the
Before closing, I would like to express my
deepest sorrow to the people of
Fidel Castro Ruz