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HAVANA (CUB): Cuba will boycott the upcoming Central American athletic Games hosted by Puerto Rico because authorities feel the United States have failed to guarantee security conditions writes uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Cuba‘s Olympic Committee also said the their athletes would not undergo special security screening recently imposed by Washington on citizens of countries suspected by Washington of sponsoring terrorism. Cuba said its athletes competing in Puerto Rico in the past had been subject to „constant aggression, provocations, insults and permanent pressure by Cuban counterrevolutionary groups. After carefully evaluating each step and the position assumed by the US government in blocking and not granting fair demands, Cuba‘s Olympic Committee has decided to officially announce that Cuba will not participate in the competition,“ a statement by the Olympic Committee said.
LIEVIN (FRA): World and olympic winner Kenenisa Bekele decided to compete in the 3000 m at Pas de Calais IAAF Indoor Permit this Friday. He will try to break the world indoor record of Kenyan Daniel Komen 7:24.90 achieved in 1998. Bekele is not heading for Doha so that will be his only indoor competition in 2010.