Cuba's charity claim strikes out in the U.S.

March 24, 2006

Miami Herald- Kevin Baxter and Pablo Bachelet

WASHINGTON - Major League Baseball Thursday denied a claim by Cuban leader Fidel Castro that his government will donate proceeds from the World Baseball Classic to U.S. victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In a speech Tuesday, Castro boasted that the Bush administration's initial attempts to bar his country from participating in the tournament had backfired, and that Cuba's take from the tournament would go to ``Katrina's martyrs.'

His comments raised eyebrows in the U.S. Treasury and State Departments, where officials had hammered out a deal with Major League Baseball: Cuba would get no money from the tournament, and no donations could be made on its behalf.


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