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Visa Issue Resolved, Cuba In Caribbean Series

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San Juan, PR – The issue of U. S. visas for the Cuban baseball players and personnel that were denied has been resolved, thus the Cuban baseball team will be participating in the Caribbean Baseball Series in Puerto Rico. “There were some problems with visas including Alfredo Despaigne, but since five of the six who had problems receiving their visas, have received their visas to travel to Puerto Rico,” said Juan Francisco Puello Herrera told The Associated Press on Thursday in a conversation telephone.

Puello Herrera did not elaborate on the problems but said that it was a routine that was already solved.

Cuba is in the Caribbean Series with its entire team without problems,” added the manager.

Despaigne was banned for life in the Mexican League for signing up with a fake Dominican passport.

The Caribbean Series begins Monday at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan Puerto Rico with the participation of Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Dominican Republic.

For Cuba to participate in the Caribbean Series, the Confederation requires special permission from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), plus Cuban players should have the respective visas to travel to the United States.

Pinar del Río is the representative team of Cuba in the regional event being last year’s championship team.

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