Baseball’s return to the Tokyo Olympics this summer will be without Cuba, the dominant nation on the Olympic record, which missed out on qualifying in Florida. Three-time champion and two-time vice-champion in five editions, from 1992 to 2008, Cuba will not be part of the Olympic baseball celebrations, for its grand return to the Olympic program in Tokyo. After two losses to Venezuela and then to Canada in Palm Beach, Florida, the Cuban team failed to qualify, causing dismay on an island where baseball is a national sport. also read News from the Olympic Games Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel did not hesitate to blame spectators who held up signs shouting slogans hostile to the Cuban government, tweeting: “Victims of vicious harassment from a handful of mercenaries, our players put their dignity first. “ The Cuban federation also officially protested on Monday, in a letter to the World Baseball Confederation.
The Cuban team had only obtained a visa to travel to the United States at the last minute and received a major blow when they arrived in Florida with the departure of César Prieto, considered one of the best talents in Cuban baseball.