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Sports Wrap up for Wednesday, Oct. 2nd, 2013

Optimism About Cuba Playing Baseball in Caribbean Series

The Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States, expressed optimism today about the return of Cuba to the Caribbean Series.

Dominican Joel Araujo, manager of International Talent Development at MLB, told ESPN channel that "...It is not our call, but the experience in previous cases, such as in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), makes us think that there will be no problem with Cuba playing at Isla Margarita."

According to Araujo, his office has filed the necessary paperwork with the U.S. government to verify that it is not in violation of the U.S. blockade against Cuba, and they were only waiting for the appropriate license.

Araujo's position and the MLB's coincide with the criteria set out by the president of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, Juan Francisco Puello Herrera of the Dominican Republic who said: "We are talking about a country with a long tradition and recognized quality in baseball. We ask the MLB that the same conditions be in place as when Cuba participates in the World Classic."

The next edition of the Caribbean Series will be played at Nueva Esparta Stadium, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, where the national teams of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela will fight for the title from February 1st-7th, next year.

10 Cuban Judokas to Attend World Championship

10 Cuban Judokas will take part in the World Championship, youth category, which takes place from October 23rd to 27th in Ljubljana, capital of Estonia.

The women's team will be led by Yasmary Garcia, world holder in more than 70 kilos, Cadet category, while Magdiel Estrada (73 kilos), who recently competed in the world top in Brazil, Adult category, leads the men's team.

Along with Garcia, now in more than 78 kilos, are Yurisledy Hernandez (52) and Nairelis Fuentes (70), who also attended the Cadet World Championship held in Miami, USA.

Rounding out the relationship appears rookies Yaiselis Manzano (57) and Maylin del Toro (63), told AIN news agency, Veitía Ronaldo, female' coach.

Among men also appear Iván Ernesto Silva (81), with experience in the event of Miami, and global newcomers Alex Garcia (100), Onier Blanco (100) and Norlandis Soler (+100).

Another international commitment to women's team will be the 2nd edition of the World Combat Games, to be held from 18th to 26th next October in St. Petersburg, Russia, where it will compete with other 7 selections chosen by the International Judo Federation (IJF).

Japan, China, Brazil, Russia, Mongolia, France and South Korea and Cuba will be present in this Russian multi-sport appointment, which calls for 13 martial arts and Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines.

Volleyball: Cuba Will Compete in U23 World For Women

The Cuban women's volleyball team will attend the U23 World Championship to be held from 5th to 12th of this month in the Mexican city of Mexicali, official local news reported.

The team to represent the Island includes the young and pretty Melissa Vargas, only 13 years old, the auxiliary Daymara Lescay, Sulian Matienzo and Jennifer Hernández, Rosanna Giel and Alena Rojas, the setter Beatriz Vilches and libero Emily Borrell. Complete the payroll novice Gretell Moreno (passer), Yelennis Diaz (central) and Dayami Sanchez and Claudia Hernandez (auxiliary attackers.)

In the World qualifying round, Cuba will face Brazil, China, the United States, Kenya and Germany. Cuban technicians say that all teams, but the Kenyans, constitute important rivals, especially the first three.

Cuban Boxing Pleased With Wage Increases

The President of the Cuban Boxing Federation, Alberto Puig, was satisfied with the salary increases announced last week for athletes and coaches in the country.

They have earned our athletes and coaches, not only in boxing, but of all sports, it was an old demand of everyone, he said.

Puig referred in particular to the impact among his athletes and coaches saying that with no doubt at all, it is a huge motivation because the percent receiving before now all will remain among boxers and technical staff; therefore, everyone feels very good to be recognized.

However, Puig ruled out of being evaluating any permission for Cuban boxers are hired in other countries, although the commission study the document to make decisions, which now must always pass through the World Series and not by another type of boxing.

Edited by Eduardo González
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