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The United States gives visas to Cuban baseball players for the Olympic Qualification

The United States gives visas to Cuban baseball players for the Olympic Qualification

HAVANA (AP) – The United States finally issued visas for players, coaches and accompanying personnel of the Cuban team to attend the Baseball Pre-Olympic of the Americas in Florida.

The announcement about the issuance of the visas comes after a controversy arose because they had not been granted after managing them in three countries.

“This afternoon we were notified about the issuance of the visas,” reported a note from the Cuban Baseball Federation on Tuesday. “The news has been received with pleasure by the members of our team, pending until now a decision that, as we have reiterated in recent days, was essential to realize the aspiration to fight to validate the dream of arriving in Tokyo.”

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The meetings will be held in the towns of West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie and the islanders had tried to obtain permits in Mexico, Panama and Guyana, before making the arrangements at the United States Embassy in Havana, whose consular section it is semi paralyzed due to the sanctions of Washington.

According to the Federation, the athletes will travel in “the next few hours.”

The Pre-Olympic of the Americas will be held from May 31 to June 5, but beforehand, friendly games are planned, for example, with the Dominican Republic. Cuba plans to debut against Venezuela in a Group B match, completed by Colombia and Canada.

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The first two of each group will be measured in a second phase. The team that obtains the first place will qualify for the Olympic Games, where the participation of the teams from Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Israel is guaranteed.

The teams that occupy the second and third place would have to play one more qualifying tournament, as the last way to go to the appointment in Tokyo, where baseball will return to the Olympic program after an absence of 13 years.

Originally, that last qualifying contest was scheduled to take place in Taiwan. Given the visa restrictions on that island due to the pandemic, the headquarters was changed to Mexico last week.

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Last week Cuban executives and players expressed their concern about the delay in the delivery of visas and the implicit politicization as the United States maintains sanctions and restrictions on Cuba, pressing for a model change.

With three gold and two silver medals, Cuba is the most prominent country in Olympic baseball in history. Cuba recently unveiled the members of the 32-player team, including athletes who play on contracts in Japan’s professional leagues.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez thanked through his Twitter account “all the institutions and individuals who with good will and active management contributed to overcoming the multiple obstacles.”

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