Close to 50,000 persons gathered at Havana’s Latin American Stadium to see one of the year’s most important baseball games, in the presence of the presidents of the United States, Barack Obama, and of Cuba, Raúl Castro.
Both heads of state watched approximately three innings of the game accompanied by the two countries’ high-level delegations.
The game took place in the midst of great enthusiasm among the followers of both teams, and although the Cuban team lost four to one, the good vibe continued up to the last out.
Prior to the start of the game, there was a minute of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, capital of Belgium, which took place in the morning.
After leaving the baseball game, Barack Obama left for José Martí International Airport from where he departed for Argentina for an official two-day visit.
During his last day in the Caribbean island nation, the U.S, president spoke to the Cuban people from the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater, where he affirmed that he was going to ask the U.S. Congress to lift the embargo. He praised the Cuban people’s ability to overcome difficult situations to improve the conditions of their development, and joked about Cubans’ inventiveness, very much in tune with the humor that characterizes the people of the island.
He said that the White House’s old policy of hostility was no longer effective, thus the proposal for a change in bilateral relations that both governments have accepted, and he affirmed that he does not have the intention of imposing changes on the Cuban people, who must choose their own destiny.
He concluded by saying that Cuba’s future is in the hands of the Cuban people.
During his stay in Havana, Obama toured together with his family and the delegation that accompanied him historic sites of the city, tasted Cuban food in a small private restaurant called San Cristóbal, met with President Raúl Castro and paid tribute to National Hero José Martí.