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Cuba is willing to pave the way to resume deal with MLB

Cuba is willing to pave the way to resume deal with MLB

Havana, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) on Tuesday ratified its intention to recover the rapprochement with the Major League Baseball (MLB) in order to establish a stable and depoliticized relationship.
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We aspire to have a respectful, ethical and professional treatment, which had as maximum expression the signing of the FCB-MLB Agreement in December 2018, an agreement that was disqualified by the government of former President Donald Trump, FCB President Juan Reynaldo Perez noted.

At a press conference at the Latin American stadium, in Havana, Perez acknowledged that resuming the pact will mean an effective tool against illegal emigration, human trafficking and other risks for baseball players and their families.

He recalled that the Trump administration frustrated the first steps of the FCB to give more life to the agreement, such as the definition of a list of eligible talents by the different franchises, in addition to closing the doors to its observers in an attempt to verify the quality of Cuban athletes.

The official confirmed that the annulment demonstrated the politicization of sports from US territory, always under the influence of Cuban detractors.

Despite this situation, Cuba is willing to resume negotiations and defends the respectful relationship with the players born and trained in its land, but who play, without its representation, in the US and world circuits.

In that line, Perez, who is also the national baseball commissioner, said that those who comply with the provisions of the current immigration policy can rejoin the sports system and aspire to represent the nation at international tournaments.

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