Washington, Dec 4 – Cuba received the approval of the State Department of the United States to return to the Caribbean Baseball Series, reports today the digital site of the ESPN TV network. For us it is a great satisfaction to inform the world that Cuba returns to the Caribbean Baseball Series, told ESPN Dominican Joel Araujo, director of international development of the U.S. Major League Baseball. This breaks a waiting of 53 years of Cuba´s absence from this regional tournament founded in 1949, precisely in Havana. The next edition of the Caribbean championship will take place from February 1 to 7 of 2014 at the stadium Nueva Esparta of Margarita Island, Venezuela. Besides the Cuban champion team of Villa Clara, will take part the selections of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, although there may be a sixth team that would come from Colombia, Nicaragua or Panama. That last part (the acceptance of a sixth contender) will be a decision of the Caribbean Confederation, but for now, the good news is that Cuba is back, added Araujo. The Caribbean Confederation announced months ago that Cuba would take part in the tournament. However, the United States vetoed the decision due to the laws of economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed on the island of the Antilles for more than five decades. Cuba was crowned champion in seven of the 12 times it participated in the Caribbean before 1960, when the revolutionary government abolished professional sports in the island. Source: Prensa Latina
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