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Report: Italian volleyball player given Cuba visa

Aug. 09, 2008, 1:23 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Italian indoor volleyball player Taismary Aguero has apparently been allowed a visa to Cuba to visit her ill mother, after originally thinking she had been denied.

Aguero, who was born in Cuba but was granted Italian citizenship last year, flew from Germany to Beijing early Saturday to return to the Olympics, but within a few hours was back on a plane to travel to Cuba, according to reports.

The details, however, were unclear, team officials said Saturday.

Aguero originally left Beijing on Thursday to attend to her 61-year-old mother.

Aguero played for the Cuban national team in the 1990s before leaving for Italy in 2001. She is a veteran of the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Italy is ranked second in the world behind Brazil. The Italians defeated Russia 25-20, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23 on Saturday in the opening Olympic match for both teams.