INDIANAPOLIS, AUG. 23 -- The executive director of the U.S. Boxing Federation, Jim Fox, said today it will be difficult to impose any international sanctions against Cuban boxers who brawled with spectators during the Pan American Games.
A local prosecutor has refused to press charges.
Fox said the issue might come up at the meeting of Association International de Boxe vice presidents in Belgrade in October during the World Cup boxing tournament. "It wasn't really a boxing situation, because no referees or officials were involved," he said, ". . . especially when you consider the political environment, and the question of whether they were provoked. So I wouldn't think much could be resolved.
"In our country there would be a disciplinary action. I can't speak for Cuba."
The coach of the U.S. baseball team, Ron Fraser, said he is disappointed by the conflicts here between Cuban athletes and anti-Castro protestors.
"I think the Cuban delegation overreacted to a lot of things," he said. "They say the anti-Castro people were harassing them; hell, as a coach I get harassed every day. You think if you play for Florida you won't get harassed if you travel to Florida State? Go on a road trip to Georgia.
"I think they're a little touchy. I was sick of hearing all this garbage every day. I think both parties were wrong. Forget all that bull and just play the game."
The Venezuelan basketball coach, Pedro Espinoza, has been suspended from international competition for a year for throwing a chair after disagreeing with a call during Friday's game against Uruguay.
The Cuban boxing coach, Alcides Sagarra, said that, if North and South Korea can't share the Olympics, then Cuban athletes probably will stay home.
"Cuba's position is clear," he said. "If it isn't shared, we won't go."