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Cuban volleyball coaches fired after suspected rape incident

The tabloid Ilta-Sanomat reports on Monday that the head and assistant coach of Cuba’s national volleyball team have been fired as a consequence of the rape scandal in early July that took place in Tampere, Finland. Six players on the team are still detained in Finland on suspicion of aggravated rape.

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The Cuban newspaper OnCuba's website featured a story on Friday saying that the coaching duo of the Cuban national team had been fired. Head coach Rodolfo Luis Sanchez Sanchez and assistant coach Pavel Pimienta were both relieved of their duties after some of their players were accused of rape on a game trip to Finland on July 2.

Six players for the Cuban team are still being held in Finland on suspicion of aggravated rape. Eight were originally apprehended, but two were later released. The rape is believed to have occurred in a Tampere hotel during the volleyball tournament.

Last week Cuba announced that its national volleyball team will participate in the Rio Olympics, even though some of its players are currently being remanded in Finland. The team is now being led by coach Nicolás Vives.

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