"Cuba's injury-plagued Olympic hurdles champion Dayron Robles said he's considering retirement after he defends his title at the London Games."....
"Robles would not give any details about the injury, other than to say it was a recurring issue. He said he was so bothered by it that he was well off his best at an event last month in Stockholm. "At the last competition, and many people saw this, I was practically race walking because I couldn't do anything," Robles said."....
"In addition to the injury, Robles has complained recently about Cuba's poor training facilities. He called them "terrible," accusing the country's sports authorities of a lack of support. "Nobody comes around to ask about anything, but they do come to demand results," he said in January.".....
It's a bit of a slippery slope to paint a whole group of people with the same wide brush, but my general impression has long that smiling isn't a big thing among Cuban athletes. Quirot and Sotomayor, for high-profile examples were always masters of the stone face. (Juanto an exception to the rule)
I'm surprised that he's only 26 too. I'd guess that a combination of things have caused him to make this decision. Ongoing frustration at having apparently crap training facilities made worse by his exposure to those of other countries; absolute frustration with injuries preventing him from competing, or being competitive; the personal fiscal impact of his injuries on whatever deal he has with Cuban authorities. All made a hundred times worse by 12.80.
I have it on good authority that Robles is NOT retiring. He's frustrated with the federation and doesn't want to run for Cuba, but he's just taking a sabbatical and will likely return in 2014. If he hasn't ironed things out with the federation by then, I guess he could well represent a different country when he returns.
Jon wrote:I have it on good authority that Robles is NOT retiring. He's frustrated with the federation and doesn't want to run for Cuba, but he's just taking a sabbatical and will likely return in 2014. If he hasn't ironed things out with the federation by then, I guess he could well represent a different country when he returns.
I am going to guess the new country if things are not resolved: Spain.
He may not be picked for Cuban teams. Yamile Aldama was prevented from competing for Cuba when she moved away from the island. Also, 400m runner Indira Terrero has not been picked for a team for a while, despite consistently being their best performer.
The mere fact that he is running again I am a happy camper. It will take him a while to get his rhythm back but I rest in the hope that he will... eventually. This season might very well be a bust for him though.