Castro taunts U.S. as `scared'
January 19, 2006 --
The U.S. doesn't want to play Cuba in the World Baseball Classic, says
Fidel Castro. The island nation is awaiting word on whether the U.S.
government will let Cuba take part. "We aren't afraid of anything," the
Cuban president said. "It's very difficult to compete against us in any
area . . . not even in baseball do they want to compete with Cuba."
Castro referred to the inaugural World Classic, a 16-team tournament
scheduled for March 3-20. The U.S. Treasury Department has denied MLB's
application for Cuba to play in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, and
later on the U.S. mainland. The license is required under U.S.
sanctions aimed at preventing Castro's government from receiving U.S.
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