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Cuba's top sports official said Wednesday

he doubts the nation will participate in next year's World

Baseball Classic, calling the event commercialization of the



Baseball's first World Cup-style tournament, an 18-day,

16-nation event organized by Major League Baseball and its

players' association, is scheduled to start March 3, will be

played in the United States, Asia and Latin America.


??Cuba doubts it will participate, primarily because the

reasons and the interests behind the event have yet to be

stated clearly,'' Humberto Rodriguez, president of Cuba's

National Institute of Sports, told The Associated Press



The decision will be made by December, Rodriguez said.


??However, I can already tell you ... that if it's about

capitalizing baseball to show off economic power, we are not

in agreement,'' he said.


While Japanese management has approved, the Japanese

players' association has not made a decision.


Source: AP

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