In addition to baseball he handles other sports. He described 22 Joe Louis fights for Latin America but Kid Gavilan pulls a bigger audience. During the off season he has covered everything from winter-league baseball to presidential inaugurals and track meets in Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Nicaragua, Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. All year around he writes a daily sports column for France-Presse, a news agency which distributes in Latin America among other places.
Canel's ambition is to persuade Al Lopez to go to Spain with him and hold baseball clinics there. He feels that Spain, already showing signs of interest, would take up baseball on a broader scale, though it won't ever rival bullfighting. But Al Lopez, these days, is thinking mostly of trips between the Polo Grounds and Municipal Stadium, Cleveland.
State amateurs (cont'd)
Fresh testimony in the continuing debate over the amateur standing of athletics in countries behind the Iron Curtain was on the record last week as Hery Tycznski, Polish featherweight boxer who escaped into West Germany, did a series of broadcasts for the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. Excerpts from the interviews:
Q. Tell us something of the life of sportsmen in Poland.
A. Good athletes have all the time they need for training, very good jobs, too, where they earn more than the average man. All firms employing leading athletes must free them for training.
Q. As far as living conditions are concerned, are all athletes equally privileged?
A. No. Athletes who belong to the Gwardia or CWKS [army sport club] are always in a better position. An athlete in CWKS is usually given a lieutenant's commission and pay and a flat to live in while he merely goes on practicing his sport. He has nothing else to do.
Q. What was your job while you boxed for Gwardia?
A. I worked as a physical training instructor for the employees of the Ministry of Public Security. I was supposed to give tests for the physical fitness badge, but to be quite frank, the employees only came along to put in an appearance. They didn't even undress, let alone run or jump. It was enough that I signed the list stating that they attended. Top athletes most of the time have fictitious jobs. There are cases where men appear only once a month to sign the payroll and collect their salary. That is a normal situation. That is how things are done, as in Russia. There the top athletes do not work?they only practice sport.