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Given the impossibility of accessing the U.S. market, the Havana Anti-Doping Laboratory was obliged to invest an additional one million dollars to acquire supplies last year, yet despite the constraints, 4,050 tests were carried out during the period, more than 3,000 for international entities

Founded on February 13, 2001, by Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro, this prestigious institution has done nothing more than protect the Cuban sports movement and, at the same time, provide services to many nations that recognize in its workers – including service personnel and qualified scientists –a committed collective.

The representatives of the United States government who today tighten the blockade are well aware that if Cuba had access to the necessary reagents for the full operation of the capital’s Anti-Doping Laboratory, it would be able to analyze more than 5,000 samples a year, even though the minimum number required by the World Anti-Doping Agency is 3,000.

Despite the constraints, the institution carried out 4,729 tests in 2017, and 4,050 last year, among them more than 3,000 ordered by international entities, which demonstrates confidence in results provided by the center, recognition earned through the dedication of its staff.

The impossibility of accessing the U.S. market forced the Havana Anti-Doping Laboratory to invest an additional one million dollars to guarantee imports between April 2018 and March 2019, in order to meet its commitments. The reliability of its work is evidenced by 15 years of consecutive reaccreditation, while more than ten similar establishments in developed countries around the world have had their licenses withdrawn.

The complete pre-selection roster of athletes who represented Cuba in the Barranquilla 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games; in the Managua 2017 Central American Games; in swimming and weightlifting events organized in Mexico; and professional football leagues in several Latin American countries, to name just a few, have had samples analyzed in this Cuban lab.

The institution enjoys tacit international recognition, despite the fact that the United States denies Cuba the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology, medicines, recovery and energy supplements, equipment, and specialized bibliographies that are easily accessible to other nations in that market, forcing the island to secure them via third countries, thus significantly increasing costs.

Cuba has always welcomed U.S. athletes, whether baseball or volleyball players, boxers, athletes or from any other discipline. Nothing will change this respect for those who come to compete fairly and to strike up friendships with our people.

So, why so much hate? That is the question for those in the United States who today encourage the unreasonable tightening of the blockade.