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Baseball-mad Venezuelans are bitterly divided over a government decision to pump millions into the game while basic food and medicines are in short supply in the crisis-rocked South American state. President Nicolas Maduro is making $10 million available to the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) as the season gets ready to open next week.The money is being used to subsidize the transfer of players and purchase equipment ahead of the start of the popular eight-team national league.Others, like Leonardo Perez, 39, think that even a hint of normal life is badly needed in Venezuela, where baseball is the most popular sport.League officials consider that the championship would not survive without the subvention, because it allows teams to pay foreign players and import balls, uniforms and even teams' medical supplies.
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