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As Cuba’s economy has worsened over the years, more and more athletes have elected to risk their lives and leave their families behind for a chance to make a significant amount of money and in turn help their families. Unfortunately, the rising number of defections has had a detrimental effect on Cuba’s various national teams, as evidenced by the recent poor performances of Cuba’s national teams and the gradual decrease in Cuba’s Olympic medal count. However, a football player’s recent decision to apply for an athlete visa to the U.S. has shown that a groundbreaking opportunity now exists for aspiring Cuban athletes to play in the U.S. without having to make the life-changing decision to defect. The hope is that U.S....
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