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.