Cuban Olympian confused, angry after defection to China

Ugás in the ring during the 2008 Olympics
Ugás in the ring during the 2008 Olympics

Cuban boxer, Youdenis Ugas’ plan to defect from Cuba hit a snag on Monday as he learned that he had defected to a country with a similar communist government to his native Cuba. 

After years of training in the boxing ring as a way out of Cuba, Ugas has now found himself making SpongeBob dolls for K-Mart in the central China city of Chongqing as a government worker.      

“This thing, it is a terrible thing”; replied Ugas from his work encampment.  “I train my whole life for this and now, I make the SpongeBob thing.  What is this SpongeBob?  It wears a tie but is a sponge?  I can’t believe this!  What kind of *** damn deal I have now?”

In a letter to the Spanish language newspaper, Juventud Rebelde (Havana), Ugas wrote that he had heard from Castro’s radio speeches as a kid that China was a great place and that they had a great government but after two weeks without tortillas, and with 16 hour work days, he’s rethought this and is ready to get home to his south Cuba hut. 

An unnamed Cuban Olympian tells ESPN Deportes that; “Youdenis was excited about getting out.  He said that it was his big chance… it was all very exciting.  He’s no idiot though.  He said if China isn’t the paradise Castro said it was, North Korea was just over a fence.  He’ll be fine.

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