An Example of How Politics and Sports Mutually Affect Each Other

Aaron Bates playing for Team Puerto Rico hitting against the Dominican Republic at 2013 Serie del Caribe. Photo by: TooMuchInfo24.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (ViaNews) – The “Caribbean Series” (possibly a reference to the World Series) is an annual event that connects the winners of the national tournaments of the countries in the “Caribbean Professional Baseball Conference (CBPC)”:

Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Cuba as a guest country, and Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama in the qualifying phase.

The newspaper Diario Libre announced that this year’s edition of the “Caribbean Series would be held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela but due to the well-known political situation in the country, it was suspended”

Oriental Stars: This year winners of the Dominican Republic tournament

The Oriental Stars, or the Eastern Stars, (San Pedro is in the Eastern part of the Dominican Republic), the baseball team from San Pedro de Macoris, was the winner of this year’s tournament.

According to Diario Libre, their victory this year had the flavor of ‘melao’. The melao honey is derivative of molasses, made of sugar cane, one of the main productions in the region.

A huge party was inaugurated by all fan baseball organizations in San Pedro and everyone thanked God and Tatis, the club’s director, for this victory, the first in 50 years.

A huge caravan of bicycles, motorcycles, cars, utility vehicles, buses, and trailers toured all the neighborhoods and streets of San Pedro de Macoris amid the population shouts and dances. Joy also came from the houses along the way.

A joyful celebration began at 8 PM, along the “malecón”, or seaside avenue, with 12 different musical bands. The following Sunday there will be a victory parade through all the provinces that surround the Macoris, leaving the Tetelo Vargas stadium, the home of the Stars

Emergency Session of the Security Council of the United Nations on the Topic of Venezuela

In an emergency session of the UN Security Council, a clear division emerged between the supporters of the ruling president, Nicolás Maduro, and those who supported the leader of the opposition, which nobody knew before, Guaidó.

Understand Guaidó, the Man Challenging the Venezuelan Presidency

The United States and several European countries were the main opposition to Maduro and gave him nine days to call free elections or leave office.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United States, Pompeo, declared that: “It is time for all countries to take sides. No more delays, no more games. Either they are with the forces of freedom or they are with Maduro and his chaos … We call on all members of the Security Council to support the democratic transition in Venezuela and the role played by interim President Guaidó. “

In Search of a suitable venue for this year’s “Caribe Series”

The Santo Domingo newspaper, El Nuevo Diario, reacted as follows: “The Caribbean Series 2019, which was originally based in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, is currently in limbo, due to which the governing body of the Caribe (Confederation of Professional Baseball of the Caribbean (CBPC), has considered that the host country of the event this year could “possibly” be the Dominican Republic.”

In addition, it stated that. “According to the information currently circulating in sports circles, meetings have been held between the CBPC, the commissioner Juan Pablo Herrera, the Minister of Sports, Danilo Díaz, and the president of the Dominican Baseball League (Lidom). ), Vitelio Mejía, in which the foundations have been laid for rescuing the Caribbean Series 2019 and the possibility of celebrating the games at the Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo.

Latest news

The Listin Diario gives the latest news: “The annual regional baseball tournament will be held in Panama, according to the commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC).”
“This year, the tournament was destined to take place in Venezuela, but it was suspended due to the current political crisis that the nation is going through.”

“The tournament will take place on February 4-10 and Panama will participate as a guest team. Puerto Rico was also ratified as the venue for the year 2020.”

“The tournament was originally planned to take place in the Dominican Republic, but the government said it did not have the proper logistics to do it. Also, the Panamanian government accepted that it could be carried out there.”

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