Cuba permits athletes to play abroad

Changes, which also include pay rises, are part of wider reforms proposed by President Raul Castro.

    The Cuban government has announced that its athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues.

    The measure reverses a decades-old policy and seems geared toward stemming a continuing wave of defections by athletes who are lured abroad by the possibility of lucrative contracts.

    Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports from Miami on the move that promises to greatly increase the amount of money baseball players and others are able to earn.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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