Still waiting for the Bush administration to decide whether Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic, officials of the commissioner’s office and the players’ association visited the island this week to go over logistics for the tournament.
Paul Archey, senior vice president of Major League Baseball International, went to the communist island nation along with union lawyer Doyle Pryor, according to Rich Levin, a spokesman for the commissioner’s office.
The U.S. Treasury Department last month denied baseball’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.
After Cuba promised to donate any money to victims of Hurricane Katrina, baseball reapplied for a permit. Baseball is awaiting a decision on its second application, Levin said Thursday.
The International Baseball Federation says it will withdraw its sanction of the tournament if Cuba isn’t allowed to play.