HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban Volleyball Federation said today that it will take action against six players of the national team who are detained in Finland, accused of allegedly raping a woman.
“We will take the measures that correspond to behavior unfit with the ethics and principles that we have been taught,” said the Cuban Volleyball Federation in a statement broadcast on local television.
The players detained in Finland are Osmany Santiago Uriarte Mestre, Abrahan Alfonso Gavilan, Norberto Ricardo Calvo Manzano, Rolando Cepeda Abreu, Luis Sosa Tomas Sierra and Dariel Albo Miranda.
Cuban sports officials pointed out that “the investigation continues in order to have all the details and learn the degree of participation of each of them.”
The events allegedly took place at the Tampere hotel where the Cuban team was staying, according to the Finnish press.
The Cuban Volleyball Federation statement said that “preliminary information attributes participation in acts totally out of character with the honesty and respect that govern our sport and society that we defend since January 1959”.
Volleyball is the only team sport in which the Cuba is qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.