Cuba Will Punish Volleyball Players Suspected of Rape in Finland

Cuba played three matches against Finland over the weekend. Photo: FIVB
Cuba played three matches against Finland over the weekend. Photo: FIVB

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.


10 thoughts on “Cuba Will Punish Volleyball Players Suspected of Rape in Finland

  • October 30, 2016 at 5:00 am
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    “Faith” in a legal system. Such naivete if true. The British don’t seem to have such blanket trust, witness Brixit and efforts to hold the government liable for being sycophants to George Bush’s illegal and murderously wrong Iraq war.

  • August 6, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    My opinion on this issue is formed by finding information that suggests it was a political prosecution at least by the primary woman. Further I don’t rely on Google, just a source among many and my opinion that the US government is capable of influencing Sweden among other countries is based on years of evidence. I am sure that Sweden is comparatively independent, but not immune to US pressures. And Swedish courts can not protect anyone from the US if the US forces decide it is in US national interests to act .

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