Absent from the necklaces since his silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in the length, Juan Miguel Echevarria has been making a lot of noise for a few days. Problem: the Cuban prodigy (23 years old), he no longer speaks, has abandoned social networks and no one knows if he will one day resume athletics. A very long wound to heal or a much more political problem with a possible ban on leaving Cuban territory to avoid defection abroad? These hypotheses have been circulating recently, while Echevarria is currently earning a living… as a singer in a band.
This Friday, the Cuban Athletics Federation officially confirmed that the 2018 indoor world champion had asked to leave his national team, an announcement made by the triple hammer world champion (2001, 2003, 2005) Yipsi Moreno, who became one of the main leaders of local athletics.
“Juan Miguel Echevarria has requested his withdrawal from the national team due to personal problems, said Moreno, quoted by Deporcuba. We respect his decision because behind every athlete there is a human being and we remember that the doors remain open for an athlete that we respect and admire. »