LA HABANA (AP) — El vallista Dayron Robles anunció el jueves que pidió la baja del equipo nacional de atletismo de Cuba y confirmó que no volverá a competir por su país.

"Sí, confirmo que pedí la baja" de la selección, afirmó Robles el jueves en una breve conversación telefónica con la AP, en la que rehusó dar más detalles.

Campeón olímpico de los 110 metros con vallas en los Juegos de 2008 en Beijing, Robles anunció en días pasados por intermedio de su entrenador, Santiago Antúnez, que no saldría a las pistas en 2013.

"El muchacho no quiere seguir compitiendo. Trataron de convencerlo, pero persistió y en estos momentos no forma parte de nuestra selección", comentó Jorge Luis Sánchez, responsable de la Comisión Cubana de Atletismo, en declaraciones al diario Juventud Rebelde.

En un artículo titulado "Caminos sin Robles", el rotativo de corte oficial manifestó además que "el deporte cubano sufre una sensible pérdida, la de un verdadero Lord que por mucho tiempo, y para siempre, puso en letras doradas el nombre de Cuba. Eso nadie, ni adeptos ni detractores, lo puede olvidar".

Robles no accedió a hacer más comentarios en la breve entrevista con AP y se limitó a confirmar la noticia. Tampoco abundó sobre los motivos detrás de su decisión.

El vallista de 26 años se lastimó una pierna en la final de los 110 metros con vallas en los Juegos Olímpicos de 2012 en Londres y abandonó la carrera después de la sexta valla. Desde esa fecha no se incorporó a los entrenamientos, mientras su entrenador Antúnez anunció su intención de acogerse a la jubilación.

Robles tuvo una excelente temporada en 2008, en la que además de alcanzar la medalla de oro olímpica, estableció un récord mundial de 12.87 segundos. Esa marca fue superada por el estadounidense Aries Merritt (12.80) en septiembre.

Desde aquel año, Robles ha sufrido de varias dolencias físicas que afectaron su rendimiento, especialmente en las pruebas más importantes.

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  • Cuban athlete Dayron Robles (R) competes

    Cuban athlete Dayron Robles (R) competes at the men's 60M hurdles event during the XL Galan Stockholm Indoor meeting 2012 on February 23, 2012 in Stockholm. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cuban athlete Dayron Robles (C ) crosses

    Cuban athlete Dayron Robles (C ) crosses the finish line in first place together with Italy's Emanuele Abate (L) (4th place) and Sweden's Philip Nossmy (5th place) at the men's 60M hurdles event during the XL Galan Stockholm Indoor meeting on February 23, 2012 in Stockholm. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AVIVA Grand Prix

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Dayron Robles of Cuba in action during the Aviva Grand Prix at the NIA Arena on February 18, 2012 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

  • Cuba's Dayron Robles on his way to victo

    Cuba's Dayron Robles on his way to victory in a heat of the Men's 60m Hurdles during the Aviva Grand Prix athletics meeting at The National Indoor Arena in Birmingham on February 18, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Cuba's Dayron Robles (C) competes to win

    Cuba's Dayron Robles (C) competes to win the Gold Medal in the Men 110m Hurdles during the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on October 28, 2011.AFP PHOTO/Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    FILE This Wednesday, July 4, 2007 file photo shows Dayron Robles from Cuba in action to win the 110 meters hurdles race during the IAAF International Athletic Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia "I want to enjoy everything about the Olympics, as if I had never participated before," Robles said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I want to win, but I also want to take in the whole event so that I can share with athletes from different countries and cultures. This is a beautiful, emotional thing." The challenges for Dayron Robles come from all angles, and the Cuban hurdler knows all about the possibilities for upsets or bad luck. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

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    FILE This Sunday, Aug 20, 2006 file photo shows Cuba's Dayron Robles in action to win the men's 110 meters hurdles during the Herculis track and field meeting in Monaco. "I want to enjoy everything about the Olympics, as if I had never participated before," Robles said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I want to win, but I also want to take in the whole event so that I can share with athletes from different countries and cultures. This is a beautiful, emotional thing." The challenges for Dayron Robles come from all angles, and the Cuban hurdler knows all about the possibilities for upsets or bad luck. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    In this photo taken March 12, 2012, Cuba's athlete Dayron Robles, 110 meters hurdle Olympic champion and world record holder, warms up during a training session in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2011 file photo, Cuba's Dayron Robles reacts after crossing the finish line first in the Men's 110m Hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. A Cuban track official said on Monday March 5, 2012 that Olympic hurdling champion Dayron Robles will skip the world indoor championships in Turkey next weekend due to a minor leg problem. Robles was to return to Cuba on Tuesday to recover and is preparing to defend his Olympic crown in the 110-meter hurdles in London. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

  • Dayron Robles of Cuba, right, winning the 60 meter hurdles, with Emanuele Abete, Italy, left, who placed fourth, during the XL-Galan Indoor athletics meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday Feb. 23, 2012. (AP Photo / Fredrick Persson) SWEDEN OUT

  • Wrapped in his country's flag, Cuba's Dayron Robles gestures as he kneels on the track after winning the men's 110m hurdles event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

  • Cuba's Dayron Robles, center, wins the men's 110m pole vault event at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Colombia Paulo Villar, left, finished second. At right is Dominic Berger, of the United States. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

  • Cuba's Dayron Robles (547) celebrates after winning the men's 110m hurdles at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. Back left is Dominic Berger, of the United States and at right Puerto Rico's Enrique LLanos. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)



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