Cuban baseball player defects after arriving in Florida

Un joueur cubain du base-ball abandonne sa délégation à son arrivée aux États-Unis

HAVANA, May 27th  (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation says one of the players on the national team has defected a few hours after the squad

arrived in Florida to participate in a qualifying tournament for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The organization identified the player as 22-year-old César Prieto. Cuba’s team arrived in Florida on Wednesday 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.