The president of the Venezuelan baseball league has resigned his position for personal reasons, the organization said Thursday, days after the Major Leagues suspended their participation in the local championship for US sanctions against the oil country.
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Reuters | Deisy Buitrago
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The Major League Baseball of the United States (MLB) confirmed the decision in August while receiving instructions from the government of Donald Trump, a measure that would affect both American and Venezuelan baseball players, who used to return to Venezuela to play in the eight local teams.
"The reason for the LVBP is to play baseball, to organize a tournament every year, between October and January," said the outgoing president of the board of directors of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP), Juan José Ávila, quoted in a statement from the organization on its website.
"So I hope that the upcoming 2019-2020 championship, which will be played in honor of Víctor Davalillo, is carried out successfully, as is the desire of all teams and for which they work tirelessly," added the executive who took office in 2017 and after being 31 years linked to professional baseball.
The Venezuelan league added that in the coming days they will announce the name of the new director.
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The Major Leagues has said they are in contact with the government agencies that know about Trump's executive order on Venezuela and that he will "fully adhere to the policies" of that country.
Trump administration's measure warns foreign companies, and not just Americans, that could see their assets frozen in the United States if they collaborate with the government of Nicolás Maduro.
Venezuelans are the second largest group of foreign players in the United States, after the Dominican Republic.