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Australia strengthens sporting ties with Cuba

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Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at enhancing sports cooperation between the two countries.

Special Envoy for Trade Andrew Robb said the MOU will encourage the exchange of sporting information and expertise between Australia and Cuba.

Mr Robb made the announcement as leader of Australia’s first business mission to Cuba.

“Cuba and Australia share a passion for a range of sports including baseball, volleyball and boxing, and this MOU provides a platform to develop our sporting relationship even further,” Mr Robb said.

The MOU will run for three years.

“It aims to improve elite athlete performance and knowledge in the areas of skill development, as well as in training programs of athletes and coaches,” Mr Robb said.

Opportunities for both nations

“Further possibilities also exist to work collaboratively on anti-doping, match fixing and illegal betting policies.”

Minister for Sport Sussan Ley thanked the Cuban National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation for its commitment to the agreement with Australia.

“I am confident the Memorandum of Understanding will enhance sports opportunities for both nations,” Ms Ley said.

“This sporting partnership will play a role in developing broader diplomatic and trade relations between Cuba and Australia, which has the potential to see collaboration in a number of areas including education, healthcare, medical research and tourism,” she said.

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