U.S. baseball officials visit Cuba.
Paul Archey, senior VP of Major League Baseball International, went to the island along with union lawyer Doyle Pryor, according to Rich Levin, a spokesman for the MLB commissioner's office. The U.S. Treasury Department in December denied MLB's application for Cuba to play in the United States. A permit is necessary because of laws governing certain transactions with Cuba, which generally is not allowed to receive U.S. currency;
Cuba is scheduled to play the first round in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. Later rounds are scheduled on the U.S. mainland. After Cuba promised to donate any money to victims of Hurricane Katrina, MLB reapplied for a permit. The IBAF says it will withdraw its sanction of the tournament if Cuba isn't allowed to play.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 2006|
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