Maradona will kick habit, says Sotomayor

HAVANA: Javier Sotomayor, the legendary Cuban high jumper, expressed confidence that former soccer great Diego Maradona would be able to overcome his cocaine addiction on the Caribbean island. 

“I have faith that Diego will completely recover in my country,” Sotomayor said on Wednesday. 

Maradona returned to Cuba on Sept 20 to begin treatment for his addiction. 

Maradona, 43, is secluded at a mental health centre in a quiet, palm-tree lined area of Havana.  

While undergoing treatment in Cuba in the past, the hero of the 1986 World Cup stayed at an upscale health tourism resort where he could come and go as he pleased and invite people to his guest house. 

Even Sotomayor, who retired in 2001 and says he has been friends with Maradona for more than 15 years, has not been able to communicate with the Argentine since he arrived last month. 

“I called him on the phone but was only able to talk to his doctor, Alfredo Cahe, who assured me that he is getting better and in good spirits,” said Sotomayor, who still holds the world high jump record of 2.45m, set in 1993. – AP  

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