Castro Delays Anticipated Speech
Sep. 02, 1999
HAVANA (AP) _ Instead of delivering a much-anticipated speech Wednesday night, President Fidel Castro told a national television audience he would delay his promised discussion of Cuban and international sports.
In a brief appearance, Castro said a small group of Cuban and foreign journalists would be invited to be present during the televised session, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday. Another session will be held Friday, if considered necessary, he said.
Cuba officials have become increasingly frustrated by what they perceive to be an orchestrated attack on the country's sports program and athletes by enemies of the communist country.
When celebrated high jump world champion Javier Sotomayor tested positive for cocaine use during the Pan American Games last month in Winnipeg, Cuban sports officials suggested someone had introduced the drug into his food or drink. They also complained that Canadian news media encouraged Cuban athletes to defect.