In 1972, the Soviet Union beat the US in men’s Olympic basketball. The controversial victory has overshadowed the story of Cuba’s bronze medal at the very same games, and the remarkable socialist sports infrastructure that made the island nation’s win possible.
Abdul Malik is a screenwriter and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is cohost of The Off Court Podcast.
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