By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: February 26, 2010
Cuba will not attend the Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto
Rico this summer because it is unhappy with visa restrictions and other
The Cuban Olympic Committee said it was forced into the decision by the
"failure to meet demands" presented by organizers of the games, which
begin July 17 in Mayaguez.
Those demands included extending visas to all officials Cuba wanted to
bring, providing adequate security and not subjecting the Cuban
delegation to extra screening after the United States imposed stricter
airline security measures on Cubans and citizens from 13 other nations.
Puerto Rican authorities said the communist Cuban government was simply
making a political statement.
Sports Briefing - International Sports - Cuba Withdraws From Caribbean
Games - NYTimes.com (27 February 2010)