Cuban defection


New member
Mar 5, 2003
Excerpted from today's New York Times:

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 ? Two Cuban gymnasts taking part in the World Gymnastics Championships in California have defected and are seeking asylum in the United States, their lawyer said today.

The two ? Michel Brito Ferrer, 24, and Charles Le?n Tamayo, 22 ? "walked away with only the clothes on their back," the lawyer, Luis Carrillo, said.

Neither is married, but they left behind parents and other relatives, Mr. Carrillo said.


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I had described Charles Le?n 's dazzling performace during the Pan Am gymnastics competition in Parque de Este August 2-3 and how he drew visible/audible audience support and how he managed to finish the set despite painful injuiry.

Le?n is definitely one bright athlete with discipline and perserverance.

I wish him the best in his newly adopted country.