Thursday, January 26, 2006

Cuba to play in US for Classic: Castro

Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:07 AM ET

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba will play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in the United States in March despite the defection of many of its best players to the Major League, Cuban President Fidel Castro said on Wednesday.

Cuba's participation in the 16-nation tournament will still depend on U.S. authorities granting the necessary travel visas, he said.

"Are we going to withdraw? It is they (United States) who decide. We will be there," Castro told reporters in his first comment on the tournament since Washington authorized Cuba, current Olympic champion, to play in the United States.

"Cuba will play well, even though they have stolen many of our good players," Castro said, referring to million-dollar contracts that have lured Cuban baseball talent to the United States.

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