Wrestling star Ismael Borrero becomes latest Cuban athlete to defect.
Written by News Room on May 4, 2022
Wrestling star Ismael Borrero has become the latest Cuban athlete to defect.
A Cuban official said Borrero, who won gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, abandoned the Cuban delegation while they were in Mexico for the Pan-American Wrestling Championships.
The Cuban Institute of Sport said his defection was a serious indiscipline within the Cuban sports system as his current whereabouts are not known.
Cuban athletes have a long history of defecting while competing abroad.
The 30-year-old athlete is one of Cuba’s top Greco-Roman wrestlers, winning the world championship in 2015 and then again in 2019 – the same year Cubans elected him sports personality of the year.