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U.S. Interests Section Denies Visas to Cubans for World Youth Athletics Championship

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U.S. Interests Section Denies Visas to Cubans for World Youth Athletics ChampionshipHAVANA, Cuba, Jun 20 (acn) The Cuban Athletics Federation denounced the refusal of visas for four members of the Caribbean delegation that will attend the World Youth Athletics Championship to be held in Eugene, the United States.

According to a note released on Wednesday, the U.S. Interests Section denied visas to Liagmanis Povea and Andy Diaz (triple jump), Roger Valentin Iribarne (110m hurdles) and Zurian Hechevarría (400m hurdles), the Cubadebate Web site reported on Thursday.

The text adds that although all requests were presented in accordance with established norms, "the cases of Jose Bordon (Head Coach) and Alberto Juantorena (President of the Cuban Athletics Federation and member of the IAAF Council)" are in a process of consultation, without certainty of positive response.

The Cuban Athletics Federation pointed out that it has informed the International Federation about the situation, its U.S. counterpart, and the local organizing committee, insisting in the fact that it will be represented at the competition only if visas are given to all the members of its delegation.

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