Nov 7, -- Cuba denounced at the UN General Assembly what it called the theft of talented athletes from developing countries.
Cuba's permanent representative to the UN, Rodolfo Reyes, also expressed his country's opposition to sports being treated solely as a market product for profit, which leads to the phenomenon of the "stealing" of talented athletes.
Speaking at the UN plenary, Reyes defended the principle of sports as a vehicle for solidarity and friendship, and as a tool to promote peace, development and cooperation over and above petty interests.
The General Assembly devoted on session to the issue "Sports for Peace and Development: Construction of a peaceful, Better World through Sports and the Olympic Ideal," during which Reyes put forward his country's view on promoting the right of all citizens to the practice of sports and the inclusion of sports in educational programs.
He cited Cuba's experience in selfless collaboration with other nations to improve their sports performance, promote the mass practice of sports, and develop friendly links among the peoples.
The Cuban ambassador congratulated the Russian city of Sochi on being chosen as host for the 22nd Winter Olympics in February 2014, and welcomed the election of Brazil to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Reyes ended his speech by calling upon all nations to have the political will to advance in human development by lowering spending on weapons and investing more in education, health, culture and sports.
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