As America’s relations with Cuba are bettered in the near future, many professional sports leagues are excited to pounce on the athletic talent in the small country.
Major League Baseball teams are searching for the new Yasiel Puig or Aroldis Chapman to ignite their teams’ fortunes.
Along with baseball, Cuba is known to possess a plethora of skills in the game of ping pong. United States Table Tennis Federation (USTTF) spokesman Louis Rice is optimistic that there is a lot of “untapped potential” on the island.
The sport is adored by the country’s people, with tables popping up all over the country in recent years.
“They [Cubans] really have the best athletic build and mindset for the rigors of table tennis. I know of many proficient players that are already playing in their semi-pro leagues. We will also set up some camps to train the youth and then get them into our farm systems Rice.”
During the embargo on Cuba, many of the country’s best players had to escape the country illegally to another Latin American country before finally making it to America.
The new lack of risk is sure to encourage the Cubans to immigrate to the U.S. and it’s high-paying league.