L'organizzazione ha identificato il giocatore come César Prieto, 22.
“La sua decisione, contrariamente all'impegno assunto con le persone e il team, ha generato disprezzo tra i suoi coetanei e altri membri della delegazione,” the federation said.
The team arrived in Florida after months of struggling to obtain U.S. visas, for which the players filed applications in three other countries due to U.S. sanctions that prevented the U.S. Consulate in Havana from issuing the documents.
The permits were finally delivered Tuesday under a special effort made by the U.S. Embassy in Havana.
Eight nations — Cuba, gli Stati Uniti, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, la Repubblica Dominicana, Nicaragua, Colombia and Canada — will be battling for one spot in the six-team Tokyo Olympic baseball tournament. The tournament runs from May 31 a giugno 5 in West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie, but exhibition matches are scheduled before that.
With three gold and two silver medals, Cuba has dominated Olympic baseball.