IOC Member: U.S. May Suffer From Cuba Ban

December 16, 2005

New York Times- AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Bush administration has blocked Cuba from playing in next year's inaugural World Baseball Classic. Now future U.S. Olympic bids may be in trouble as a result.

'It's for baseball to decide, but if they don't make a stand on something like that, then they will have big problems down the road,' said Dick Pound, an International Olympic Committee member from Canada, said Thursday.

The U.S. Treasury Department denied a request by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association for a permit to allow Cuba to send a team.


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