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28 May 2017 12:36 (South Africa)

No hardball between US and Cuba this time

Fifty-six Americans, all 55 and older, are in Cuba for friendly games of slow-pitch softball against Cuban counterparts as part of a slow reconciliation dance between Cuba and the US. Both countries see baseball as their “national” sport. Senior softball games are not the only attempts at bat-and-ball cultural exchanges. The Baltimore Orioles’ owner, Peter Angelos, who organised exhibition games with the Cuban national team in Havana and Baltimore 10 years earlier, says he hopes to so again next spring. The US still maintains an embargo against Cuba although mid-level officials have travelled to Cuba for talks and Barack Obama has authorised relaxing some travel and financial restrictions. The two countries have also discussed re-establishing direct mail links. For more read the AP

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