Two Cuban players defect in Canada
From Herald Wire Services
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Two members of Cuba's national junior team
defected at the world junior baseball championships were reported to be in
Mexico on Sunday.
``It was not a spur of the moment decision,'' Ron Hayter, chairman
of the group
organizing the junior championships, said. ``This was all pre-planned, and when
they got to Canada the arrangements were made for them to leave and get to
William Plaza, 17, a catcher, left on Saturday, said Joe Kehoskie,
player agent who helped the two defect.
Yolexandry Reina, 18, a pitcher, slipped away Monday.
Hayter said his contacts with the Cuban team told him the two
players were in
Defections by Cubans at international sports events have drawn
the anger of the
About a year ago at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, 10 Cubans defected,
including a 36-year-old softball coach.
The move prompted Fidel Castro to describe Canada as ``enemy territory.''
Hayter said there's little organizers can do to prevent such schemes.