National Geographic : 1977 Jan
"Sport is a right of the people": The bannered Castro slogan here shares a wall with a portrait of revolutionary hero Che Guevara during Friday-night boxing at the Havana coliseum. Cameras tele cast the admission-free matches throughout the island. Sports oriented, like its Eastern European counterparts, Cuba offers full sup port and facilities to promising athletes such as heavyweight boxer Te6filo Stevenson (left), Olympic gold medalist at both Munich and Montreal. He reads a prepared text of greeting and state doctrine be fore a match. Baseball remains the nation's sportive passion despite the United States' trade embargo that cut off U. S.-made equipment. An arsenal of bats (below) made of ash shipped from Canada awaits var nish in a Cuban factory.