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New Baseball Facility Coming to Austria

Press Release by WBSC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Austria is the latest nation to invest in the future and growth of baseball worldwide, as ground has broken for the construction of an international standard baseball facility in Wels, northern Austria, neighboring the Czech Republic and Germany.

The planned baseball facility and training center is part of a new sports complex with an overall budget of €7 million (US $7.6 million), which will also see the creation of three new football (soccer)/multipurpose fields.

The new baseball stadium, projected to be completed by the end of the year, will be the home of the Jumpin’ Chickens Baseball Club that was founded in 1991.

The new venue that will serve Austria’s northern community can potentially play host to future international competitions, given its strategic Central European location and the plans of the facility to meet international standards.

Austria has made some of the biggest gains of WBSC’s 141 member states in terms of their status among baseball’s official world rankings, surging from being No. 55 in the world in 2012 to their current rank of No. 39.

Among WBSC’s nearly 40 member nations in Europe, the nation of approximately 8.5 million people is ranked No. 11 within Europe.

In late July, Austria will be hosting the six-nation 2015 CEB European Championship “B Pool” Qualifier in Vienna, where the host nation, No. 22 Israel, No. 53 Sweden, No. 57 Lithuania, No. 61 Poland and No. 62 Belarus will unite.

With baseball and softball’s steady rise in popularity around the globe, in addition to the planned ballpark in Austria, new baseball/softball facilities are being rolled out in such nations as the Bahamas, Brazil, China, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In 2014,  there was historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda.

Also new-builds are planned for established baseball territories like Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela – and in South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape in those countries.

Based on data compiled, the WBSC, the world governing body of baseball and softball, estimates that over 65 million athletes, from over 140 countries, practice either the sport of baseball or softball, with younger populations and females making up key segments of the participation-demographic.

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WBSC appoints Kenyon & Kenyon LLP’s Colbert as General Counsel, Cuba’s Castro as Global Ambassador

Press Release by WBSC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The WBSC, baseball and softball’s world ruling body, at its executive meeting in the Olympic Capital this past Saturday, appointed Edward Colbert of the Washington D.C. office of law firm Kenyon & Kenyon LLP as WBSC General Counsel and Dr. Antonio Castro as WBSC Global Ambassador.

Colbert, a partner at Kenyon, considered by Fortune 500 companies as one of the most elite intellectual property law firms in the world, has significant experience in international intellectual property licensing and acquisitions, and manages the trademark portfolios of leading retailers, companies and organizations worldwide.

Colbert helped create and shape the United States Olympic Committee licensing program and was involved in the licensing and enforcement of Olympic marketing rights in the United States and certain related global rights for the U.S. Olympic Teams. He serves as an arbitrator on the International Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne and for the American Arbitration Association.

WBSC Global Ambassador Castro, who has been a strong advocate of sports diplomacy and baseball and softball’s bid to return to the Olympic stage, has served as an executive committee member of the International Baseball Federation since 2009 and will have an expanded role within the WBSC, particularly as the geopolitical landscape evolves, and will have a seat (without vote) on the WBSC Executive Board.

Castro, who was present for WBSC’s meetings in Lausanne, was also a member of WBSC’s official presenting team in which baseball and softball finished second in voting – only behind wrestling – for a place in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, a vote that took place at the International Olympic Committee session in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2013.

The WBSC Executive Committee also appointed Italy’s Vincenzo La Rocca as a member of the WBSC Legal Commission. La Rocca oversaw legal proceedings at the first-ever WBSC Congress last year, which formalised the historic union of baseball’s and softball’s two independent international sport federations.

Castro, Colbert and La Rocca will assume their positions within the WBSC leadership immediately.

Copyright © 2014 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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Nations Revealed for Inaugural Premier 12 World Baseball Championship

Courtesy IBAF.org

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the line-up of the world’s best-ranked nations that have qualified for the first-ever “Premier 12” — the new flagship pro baseball world championship that will feature the National Teams from baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations and become baseball’s highest-ranked international competition, awarding US$ multi-millions in prize money.

The Top 12 nations that have secured a place in the inaugural Premier 12 in 2015 is headlined by No. 1 Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Cuba, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 5 Netherlands, No. 6 Dominican Republic, No. 7 Canada, No. 8 South Korea, No. 9 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Venezuela, No. 11 Italy and No. 12. Mexico.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari celebrated baseball’s first-ever collection of Premier 12 nations.

“WBSC congratulates the 2015 Class of Premier 12 nations,” Fraccari said. “These nations represent baseball’s best that will unite and deliver an exciting – and unmatched competitive parity – at the inaugural Premier 12. Any one of these elite nations can come out victorious in 2015 and leave The Premier 12 as the reigning World Champions.”

The unveiling of baseball’s most powerful bloc of nations follows the end-of-the-year calculation of the Official 2014 WBSC World Baseball Rankings, as the final standings of the rankings in the year preceding The Premier 12 serve as the exclusive qualifying method into the international baseball showcase. (See Complete/Final 2014 WBSC World Baseball Rankings.)

The release of the 2014 WBSC World Baseball Rankings also marks the historic rise of the Japanese National Baseball Team, Samurai Japan, which for the first time ever is the world No. 1, surpassing 2013 leader USA.

The inaugural Premier 12 participants will represent a global spread that includes the entire western hemisphere — North-, Central- and South America, and the Caribbean — Asia, and Northern and Southern Europe.  Oceania’s No. 14 Australia, which had been ranked as high as No. 10 in 2012, was just 8.96 rankings points behind No. 12 Mexico.

The Premier 12 logo, and 2015 tournament dates, are expected to be unveiled at an upcoming press conference.

Following the 2015 Premier 12, the world championship platform that unites the world’s 12 best nations will be rolled out every four years.

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Guyana Baseball Federation partners with E-Networks to broadcast nation’s first-ever Baseball ‘Talent Search’ Reality TV Show


Guyana’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport has expressed great interest in the rise of baseball’s popularity in Guyana.

Less than three years after its establishment, Guyana’s national baseball federation, theGuyana Baseball League (GBL), has announced a partnership with Guyana cable TV/Info Tech giant E-Networks Inc. on the production of the nation’s first-ever baseball reality TV show,“Baseball Star”.

The joint venture between the GBL and E-Networks Inc.—which completed its first week of baseball auditions/filming at the end of Februarywill see initial broadcast delivery of Baseball Star’s episodes through E-Networks’ channel 1 in HD. The week following each episode, E-Networks will distribute Baseball Star content across its various media platforms and to all the major and local network television stations throughout Guyana to build a national audience.

USA Baseball CEO Paul Seiler—whose federation has given support to GBL on mapping out a strategic-plan for growth—applauded the concept of Guyana’s Baseball Star ‘talent search’ reality TV show.

“Truly groundbreaking. It will be interesting to watch this unfold,” said Seiler. “Well done.”

Guyana’s Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, has taken note of the new baseball reality TV show and also expressed great interest in the pace with which the GBL has been growing baseball’s popularity in Guyana, especially among school-aged children, all of which has prompted the Ministry Of Culture, Youth & Sport to post an official statement on its website just a few weeks ago, in order to speak on baseball’s advancement in Guyana.

A similar ‘talent search’ in India generated massive national interest from the media and young aspiring baseball athletes, the subject of which has grown into Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” movie, which is set to be released to worldwide theaters and audiences beginning in May.

The GBL, under President Robin Singh, was only established in 2011 and became recognised the following year as Guyana’s national governing body for baseball by the International Baseball Federation.

Situated in South America with neighbours Venezuela—where baseball is the national sport—and the emerging baseball country of Brazil, Guyana appears to be uniquely positioned for growth, to establish National Teams and to enter into international competitions in the short- to mid-term.

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Cuba Picks Up Walk Off Win Over Host Chinese Taipei at 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup

TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – The semifinal round robin play has begun at the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup. The top three teams in each group from round 1 advanced and now are playing a second round robin. However, they carry with them the record they had against their own group.

Several of the teams headed into the round needing to win the first game to even have a chance. South Korea and Venezuela headed into round 2 with a 0-2 record. Three losses and you are going to be out. Cuba and Chinese Taipei faced each other in what was a big game for both as each had a 1-1 record.

 Venezuela 5, USA 15 (7)

The USA bats came alive in a big win for the Red, White, and Blue. Team USA pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of five Venezuela errors.

Scott Hurst led the way with four hits on the day. Jeffery Schwartz doubled and drove in four runs while going 3-for-5. Michael Rivera went 3-for-3 with a double.

The win keeps Team USA in the running for the championship for a second straight year. But there are still two games remaining.

South Korea 0, Japan 10 (7)

In a huge game between bitter rivals, Japan remained undefeated with a 10-0 shellacking of Korea.

Yuki Matsui picked up the win for Japan pitching six shutout innings. He gave up just four hits and struck out six to keep Japan in the running for the championship.

Ryo Watanabe raised his average to .455 by going 4-for-4. He drove in two runs, scored three, and doubled to lead the offense for Japan. Yasuhito Uchida chipped in with three hits of his own.

Chinese Taipei 0, Cuba 1

Cuba took advantage of a ninth inning error to eek out a 1-0 walk off win over host Chinese Taipei. Yusnier Diaz, who had gone hitless in eleven at bats in the tournament, came through with a RBI single giving Cuba a much needed win.

Both starters pitched great. Lin Cheng-hsien went seven innings for Chinese Taipei giving up just four hits while striking out six. Ariel Diaz matched him. He tossed 7.2 innings allowing seven hits while striking out seven.

The win keeps Cuba in the running for the championship and makes it much more difficult for Chinese Taipei who now sits with a 1-2 record. They must win out and hope to get some help.

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 2 Standings:

1. Japan 3-0
2. USA 3-0
3. Cuba 2-1
4, Chinese Taipei 1-2
5. South Korea 0-3
6. Venezuela 0-3

Round 2 Schedule:

Thursday September 5
Venezuela 5, USA 15 (7)
South Korea 0, Japan 10 (7)
Chinese Taipei 0, Cuba 1

Friday September 6
South Korea vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs USA

Saturday September 7
Venezuela vs Cuba
South Korea vs Chinese Taipei
USA vs Japan

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Round 2 Teams are Set at 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup

TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – The first round of the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup is over. After being delayed by rain for two straight days, the teams played five games in four days in a round robin format. The top three teams in each group have advanced into the second round where they will carry with them their record against the teams in their own group and will now play a game against each team from the other group. At the end of the round, the two teams with the best record will play for the title.

There were no upsets on Wednesday, but there was a good close game between Cuba and Australia. Cuba took an early 3-0 lead but Australia staged a comeback in the seventh inning scoring twice. However, that was as close as they would come falling 3-2.

Advancing to the next round are Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Venezuela from Group A. Cuba, South Korea, and the USA advanced from Group B. Four of the six teams were in the second round last year. Venezuela and Cuba replaced Canada and Colombia in this years round 2.

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores & Standings:

Wednesday September 4
Czech Republic 2, Venezuela 6
Canada 5, Japan 7
South Korea 17, Italy 4 (8)
Cuba 3, Australia 2
USA 12, Colombia 6
Mexico 5, Chinese Taipei 17 (7)

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 1 Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 5-0
2. Chinese Taipei 4-1
3. Venezuela 3-2
4. Canada 2-3
5. Mexico 1-4
6. Czech Republic 0-5

Group B
1. USA 4-1
2. Cuba 4-1
3. South Korea 3-2
4. Australia 2-3
5. Colombia 1-4
6. Italy 1-4

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Round 2 Standings:

1. Japan 2-0
2. USA 2-0
3. Chinese Taipei 1-1
4. Cuba 1-1
5. South Korea 0-2
6. Venezuela 0-2

Round 2 Schedule:

Thursday September 5
Venezuela vs USA
South Korea vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs Cuba

Friday September 6
South Korea vs Venezuela
Cuba vs Japan
Chinese Taipei vs USA

Saturday September 7
Venezuela vs Cuba
South Korea vs Chinese Taipei
USA vs Japan

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2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup: USA Ends Day with Walk-Off Against Cuba; Second Round Spots Up for Grabs

TAICHUNG, Chinese Taipei – Day 3 of the 2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup had a lot of excitement in store setting up different scenarios of who will advance to Round 2 after the action on Wednesday.

Group A Action:

Japan continues to be the top team in Group A. On Tuesday Japan rolled through the Czech Republic as they pounded out 21 hits en route to a 15-0 route. Japan’s pitching was just as dominating too. Three pitchers combined to allow just a single hit, no walks, and struck out 11 in six innings.

Chinese Taipei stayed a game behind Japan in the race for the second round. They dispatched Venezuela in seven innings 10-0. The loss for Venezuela put them in a tie for the final playoff spot at 2-2 with Canada.

Canada rebounded after a disappointing two loss day on Monday to defeat Mexico 11-4. It was a must win game for Canada if they look to get back to the championship game for the second year in a row. They have an uphill climb though. On the final day they will face Japan while Venezuela will face off with the winless Czech Republic.

With the loss to Canada on Tuesday, Mexico is virtually eliminated from the next round. They will finish the round against Chinese Taipei on Wednesday.

Group B Action:

Group B saw the most action on Tuesday. It all started off with a close game between South Korea and USA. In a big game for both, the USA was able to pull out the win behind a strong pitching performance from Brady Aiken. Aiken tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one run to pick up the win.

The USA kept the mojo going in the last game of the day against Cuba. It was a back and forth game between the two rivals. Cuba took a quick 3-0 lead in the second inning and held on to that lead until the seventh inning when the USA broke through for three runs to make it 5-3. Cuba wouldn’t go away though tying the game in the top of the ninth inning. Then the magic happened.

Bryson Brigman (3-for-4), who has already won two world championships – 16U in 2010 and 18U in 2012, led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Cole Tucker then came through with a two-strike sacrifice to move Brigman to second. After an intentional walk to set up the double play, Michael Rivera (2-for-5/3 RBI) came through with the biggest hit of the day. Rivera singled through the right side to bring home Brigman with the walk-off win for Team USA.

The win was huge for Team USA. It gives them the lead in Group B and with a win on Wednesday they will head into the second round as the #1 seed. The top three teams in both groups will advance to another round robin. The top two teams after that round robin will then play for the championship.

While the USA was busy picking up two big wins in the day, Australia was busy doing just the opposite. After a huge 1-0 win over USA in the opening game, Australia has dropped to 2-2 after losing twice on Tuesday. Italy upset Australia early in the day 7-4. Then later in the day, Australia fell to South Korea 4-0 dropping them to 2-2 in the tournament.

Australia is now in a fight to advance to the next round with South Korea. Australia will play Cuba in the final game while South Korea will take on one win Italy.

Both Italy and Colombia picked up their first wins of the tournament on Day 3, but at 1-3 both are on the outside looking in for the next round.

The first round finishes up on Wednesday with each team having one game left. Spots for the second round are still up for grabs.

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Scores & Standings:

Sunday September 1
Australia 9, Colombia 4
Japan 4, Chinese Taipei 1
Canada 16, Czech Republic 3
Italy 0, USA 8
Mexico 5, Venezuela 6
Cuba 2, South Korea 1

Monday September 2
Japan 11, Mexico 0 (7)
Venezuela 7, Canada 5
Chinese Taipei 16, Czech Republic (5)
Colombia 0, South Korea 4
Italy 0, Cuba 15 (6)
USA 0, Australia 1
Venezuela 0, Japan 7
Czech Republic 2, Mexico 12 (7)
Chinese Taipei 4, Canada 2

Tuesday September 3
South Korea 1, USA 2
Australia 4, Italy 7
Colombia 0, Cuba 10 (7)
Mexico 4, Canada 11
Czech Republic 0, Japan 15 (6)
Venezuela 0, Chinese Taipei 10 (7)
Australia 0, South Korea 4
Italy 4, Colombia 6
Cuba 5, USA 6

Wednesday September 4
Czech Republic vs Venezuela
Canada vs Japan
South Korea vs Italy
Cuba vs Australia
USA vs Colombia
Mexico vs Chinese Taipei

2013 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 4-0
2. Chinese Taipei 3-1
3. Canada 2-2
4. Venezuela 2-2
5. Mexico 1-3
6. Czech Republic 0-4

Group B
1. USA 3-1
2. Cuba 3-1
3. South Korea 2-2
4. Australia 2-2
5. Colombia 1-3
6. Italy 1-3

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Inaugural WBSC Congress Set for 7-9 March 2014

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has announced the dates for its first ever meeting. The congress will take place from March 7-9, 2014 in a location yet to be determined. This will be the first time since the joining of both federations that the two will unite.

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) agreed to combine in 2012. The combination of the two became known as the WBSC.

The combined group will continue to try and further the games across the world, including trying to regain status at an Olympic sport for the 2020 Games. 

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Schedule Released for II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup

The IBAF released the schedule for the 2013 12U Baseball World Cup to be held in Taipei City this July.

This is the second edition of the tournament with 16 teams competing this time around. The inaugural tournament was played in 2011 and won by Chinese Taipei who downed Cuba in the championship game.

The 16 teams will compete starting July 18th in a round robin lasting until the 25th. The quarterfinals will be held on July 26, semifinals on July 27, and the medal games held on July 28.

The 16 teams were put into two pools:

  • Group A: Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Chinese Taipei
  • Group B: Brazil, Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, USA, Venezuela

This is the first time the USA, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Colombia, Panama, and India have sent teams to the tournament.

The Executive Board decided earlier this year that curve balls will be allowed. However, there will be other restrictions such as pitch counts to try and protect the young athletes.

Highlights of the Day 1 action begins with Brazil taking on South Korea in the opening game. The USA will play its first game as the home team facing off with Panama. Returning champ Chinese Taipei will start their title defense with a game against Colombia.

Schedule II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup

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Groups Set for IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung

Ten of the twelve teams from the 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup are back for this year’s edition. Defending champion USA will be back as will runner-up Canada in what looks to be an even stronger field this year. The event will take place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from August 30 to September 8.

The two teams that will not make the return trip to Asia are the Netherlands and Panama. Replacing them will be Cuba and Mexico.

  • Pool A: Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (3), Japan (6), Venezuela (8), Czech Republic (12), Mexico (invited)
  • Pool B: USA (1), Colombia (4), Korea (5), Australia (9), Italy (10), Cuba (invited)

(Numbers next to countries are their standings from the 2012 18U Baseball World Cup in Seoul)

The addition of Cuba makes the tournament even more competitive this year. The island nation has won 11 of the 25 tournaments and has placed in the top three 17 times.

Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung will be the main stadium for the tournament. It has hosted many international events including the 2013 World Baseball Classic earlier this year.

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16 Teams to play in II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup

12U Baseball World Cup to be played from July 18 to 28, 2013 in Taipei City

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) announces that 16 teams will compete from July 18 to 28, 2013 in the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup in Tapei City, Chinese Taipei. This are the participating countries, split into two groups:

  • Group A: Chinese Taipei, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Hong Kong
  • Group B: USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Korea, Panama, Nigeria, Russia, Pakistan

It is the first time in event history that the United States, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Panama, Nigeria, Russia and Pakistan are competing in an IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup.

Teams are scheduled to arrive on July 16. During the first round from July 18 to 25 (rest day on July 23) a round robin will be played with the top four teams of each pool advancing to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals (A1 vs B4, B1 vs A4, A2 vs B3, B2 vs A3) andsemifinals are scheduled for July 26 and 27 with the Gold Medal Game and the Bronze Medal Game to be played on July 28.

Chinese Taipei won the inaugural edition of the IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup in 2011, which also was played in Taipei City. Team CT defeated Cuba in a thrilling championship game, claiming the title. Venezuela, Mexico and Japan completed the top five. Brazil, Korea, Italy, Philippines, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Lithuania also participated. RESULTS OF I IBAF 12U BASEBALL WORLD CUP

Games at the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup will be played at Tien Mou Stadium and at Youth Park in Taipei City. The use of the curveball will be permitted at this tournament after a decision by the Executive Board earlier this year. However IBAF will remain committed to protect the health of young athletes through the rules of pitch count limitations and other restrictions.

The IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup embraces fully the notions of cultural diversity, the environment, drug awareness both socially and in sports, and working as a team. Rules for the event have been specially created by the IBAF Tournaments Commission, The Committee, composed of members from around the International baseball world and familiar with elite youth competition, conducted a lengthy study of the structures surrounding the 12 years and under game that is played in all of the continents.

More information about the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup in Taipei City will be published through www.ibaf.org in the coming weeks and months.

Press Release IBAF.org

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Appointment of Syed Khawar Shah as BFA Executive Director for West Asia

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) has appointed Mr. Khawar Shah as Executive Director of Baseball Development in the West Asia region by recognizing the value and indispensable function of Mr. Khawar Shah and Pakistan’s leading role in the West Asia Region for the development of Baseball in this region.

The position appointed is part of the Executive Committee of the Baseball Federation of Asia and requires that the appointee is present at all Executive Committee Meetings of the Baseball Federation of Asia.

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Registration for 2013 IBAF Umpire Camp in Barcelona closes on April 27

Former MLB Umpire and current MLB Umpire Supervisor Larry Young among instructors

From July 10 to 14, 2013 the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) will hold an Umpire Camp in Barcelona, Spain. It will be hosted at the “Carlos Perez de Rozas” Baseball Field. Registration for the IBAF Umpire Camp 2013 is open until April 27.

Similar to last year’s IBAF Umpire Camp in Tirrenia, Italy, the camp is organized with the aim of providing all Umpires with the opportunity to learn and further develop proper mechanics and what is needed to work a game at a top international level.

The list of instructors is headlined by Larry Young (USA), a former Umpire in Major League Baseball and current MLB Umpire supervisor. He also was in charge of all Umpires at the recent 2013 World Baseball Classic. Other instructors will be Gustavo Rodriguez (USA, chair of IBAF Umpire Commission), Marco Screti (ITA, member of IBAF Umpire Commission) and Michael Ulloa (ESP, Umpire at the WBC and WBC Qualifiers).

Registration fee for the IBAF Umpire Camp will be 300 Euros, which will also include accommodation in a double room at GRAN HOTEL REY DON JAIME in Castelldefels/Barcelona. As mentioned above registration closes on April 27. Interested Umpires are asked to fill out the form and submit it via email to Anna Di Luca (anna.diluca@ibaf.org) at the IBAF Office.

Umpires that successfully complete the training program will be certified as IBAF Umpires.

The certification allows an opportunity to work future IBAF events. However, it does not guarantee an IBAF assignment.

Press Release IBAF.org

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Tom Peng Elected as President of Baseball Federation of Asia

Over 20-Year Veteran of International Baseball Finally at the Helm in Asia

Tokyo.  Tom Peng of Chinese Taipei was elected unopposed at the BFA Congress held in Tokyo on Saturday, April 13 2013, previous day of the IBAF Congress.

In his inaugural address, Peng assured “Just like the way I have worked for my construction company, I will treat this project with the highest professionalism and commitment and build the BFA on strong, useful and steady foundation.”  “No racism, no cultural difference but only one language: the baseball language!” said Peng.

Yoshinobu Suzuki (Japan), Ms. Shen Wei (China) and Kim Jung-Up (Korea) were elected unopposed unopposed as Vice Presidents and Lin Hua-Wei (Chinese Taipei) was named Secretary General.

In the ballot, 3 members at large were confirmed: Alan Mak (Hong Kong), Vutichai  Udomkarnjananan (Thailand) and Tom Navasero (Philippines).

In addition to these executive positions, the new President Peng nominated Kazuhiro Tawa (Japan) as Senior Advisor to BFA and plans to ask Khawar Shah (Pakistan) to play an executive role to develop baseball in West Asia.

Outgoing BFA President Seung-Kyoo Kang presented Presidential Award to 5 people for their contribution to the development of baseball in Asia: Yukichi Maeda (photo -Japan), Allan Mak Nin Fung (Hong Kong), Shaukat Javed (Pakistan), Kunifumi Itakura (Japan, nominated by Philippines) and Heo Koo-Young (Korea).  VP Suzuki awarded a plaque to President Kang in appreciation of his contribution during his term in the office.

Out of 24 countries/regions in BFA, 18 National Federations were represented at the BFA Congress, namely: Brunei, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

Press Release IBAF.org

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New World Baseball Softball Body Born at Historic Tokyo Congress

Marks Milestone toward Olympic Games Inclusion

New Olympic Campaign Logo, Theme, Social Media Platforms “PlayBall2020.com” and Vision to Give Every Boy & Girl Chance to Play Ball also Launched.

Join the PlayBall2020 Lineup on Facebook and show your support!

Press Release from World Baseball Softball Confederation

TOKYO — Baseball and softball players, supporters, and fans worldwide – from professional leagues to local clubs and junior teams – have come out ‘Swinging For The Fences’ and pitching for the Olympic Games, following the launch of a global campaign to get baseball and softball back into the Games

The campaign was launched in Tokyo, one of the global power centres for the two sports. It followed an historic vote by international baseball and softball federation leaders and delegates worldwide  – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, including China, India, Iraq, Russia, Brunei, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Fiji, South Africa and many other nations – to ratify a landmark constitution that unites the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF) as a single new international sporting federation, known as the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).


The birth of the world’s newest international sporting federation is a milestone in the campaign to rejoin the Olympic Games sports program after being delisted in 2005.

“This is an historic day”, said IBAF president and WBSC co-president, Riccardo Fraccari. “We have brought a new level of worldwide unity and determination to our quest to return to the Games.  The 65 million currently playing baseball and softball around the world now have a single federation to rally behind.”

President Fraccari said the international baseball community was “honoured and humbled” to have the opportunity to rejoin the Olympic Games in 2020,  and thanked the IOC for guidance and trust provided in forming the new federation, which he said would “provide greater support and resources for the athletes and help to develop the sports”.

Fraccari continued: “We are on a great journey to return our global sport to the Olympic stage. We’ve been listening and learning from the Olympic Family and the IOC to understand what it takes to be included as a sport at the Olympic Games.”

“This is in the best interests of the athletes and putting the welfare of the athletes and the future of sport first, and inspiring young athletes to stand on the highest podium that an athlete can aspire to—the Olympic Games,” he said.

“We have reached a milestone in our journey to put baseball and softball back in the Olympic Games, and today I am proud to announce that the full membership of the International Baseball Federation voted to ratify the new Constitution of the World Baseball Softball Confederation.”


The WBSC also outlined its unique vision for the campaign. “Our vision is to give every boy and girl in the world a chance to play baseball and softball and to inspire them to take up the sport through the Olympic Games,” said ISF President and WBSC co-President, Don Porter.

“Baseball-softball is a game that anyone, anywhere can play.  There are no barriers to participation.  If you’ve got a bat and ball you can play, regardless of age, gender, social, cultural or economic stature.

“Baseball and softball help to empower women and provide pathways for women and young girls to experience and participate in sport in all cultures,” said Porter.


The WBSC also revealed the theme for its Olympic Games campaign, “Swing for the Fences,” heralding a global call-to-action for baseball and softball players, supporters and teams to rally behind the Olympic Games bid.

A new website for the campaign was revealed: PlayBall2020.com. Social media platforms to engage and enable baseball and softball communities worldwide were also unveiled to highlight the massive following the sports have and to share the passion to rejoin the Olympic Games.

The WBSC’s new logo for the campaign was also unveiled. It symbolizes the unique appeal that has made baseball and softball among the world’s most watched, followed and commercially successful sporting brands and experiences.

The new federation and Olympic Games inclusion campaign, has the support of players worldwide, and was launched by two of Japans softball stars, Yukiko Ueno, who pitched the Japanese team to the Gold Medal at the Beijing Olympic Games, and Nana Okamura, a new rising star who pitched Japan to victory in U16 ISF Softball World Cup and became the youngest player ever on Japan’s national team.


The WBSC’s Olympic Games campaign is also supported by professional baseball and softball leagues around the word, including Nippon Professional Baseball, Major League Baseball in the United States, Korean Baseball Organization, the Chinese Professional Baseball Leagues, and numerous league partners in Latin America, Australia and Europe, who are united in their desire to participate in the Olympic Games.

“I am sure that all of my counterparts in the professional leagues share our enthusiasm for Olympic baseball and softball,“ said Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner and former Japan US Ambassador, Ryozo Kato, who said in an emotional address to the Congress, telling delegates that baseball had helped Japan to recover and grow after the devastation of the second world war, and was a catalyst for peace, uniting nations and people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Worldwide respected Japan baseball legend, Sadaharu Oh, also made a strong personal appeal for support to get baseball back into the Olympic Games, while the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and IOC member, Tsunekazu Takeda, said he would like to see the excitement and joy of baseball experienced by people all over the world, especially among young people.

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IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings after 2013 World Baseball Classic

Press Release IBAF

Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico move into Top 10

IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings

With the conclusion of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which saw the Dominican Republic winning the title in the championship game over Puerto Rico, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has updated its Men’s Baseball World Rankings.

With the update the results from the 2013 World Baseball Classic are replacing the results from the 2009 World Baseball Classic in the Men’s Baseball World Rankings.

New WBC and IBAF World Champion Dominican Republic made the biggest leap, going from 13 to 7, as the team of manager Tony Pena replaced 55.02 points from 2009 with 300.00 points for winning the title. The Dominican Republic has not been in the top 10 of the year-end rankings since its introduction in 2008.

World Baseball Classic runner up Puerto Rico also moved into the top 10 of the Men’s Baseball Ranking, climbing from 12 to 8 (2009: 82.98 points for WBC; 2013: 240.00 points for WBC).

At the top of the standings Cuba, USA and Japan maintained their positions. However Cuba and the United States both will lose 250 points during the 2013 season, as tournament results from the 2009 cycle (IBAF Baseball World Cup, IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship) will be taken off in the fall.

Chinese Taipei, which already led all teams in points for 2012, moved from 5 to 4 thanks to their qualification for the second round at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Surprise semi-finalist The Netherlands climbed from 7 to 5, their best position in the Men’s Baseball Rankings since their year-end 5th position in 2011.

Canada remains in 6th, followed by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Korea and Venezuela, which round out the top 10. With Cuba, USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, COPABE/IBAF America is represented with five countries in the top 10 of the Men’s Baseball Rankings.

Korea suffered the biggest drop, losing 184.98 points due to their ninth-place finish at the 2013 WBC. In 2009 Korea had reached the championship game, which they had lost to Japan. Australia moved down from 10 to 13.

Italy fell from 9 to 11, even though they improved their point total by reaching the second round for the first time in tournament history. However the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico did even better and passed them in the rankings, causing Italy to drop.

Top 20 of IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings:

1. Cuba 772.98 – 2012 rank 1

2. USA 719.27 – 2012 rank 2

3. Japan 544.42 – 2012 rank 3

4. Chinese Taipei 541.79 – 2012 rank 5

5. Netherlands 497.76 – 2012 rank 7

6. Canada 492.02 – 2012 rank 6

7. Dominican Republic 449.18 – 2012 rank 13

8. Puerto Rico 361.25 – 2012 rank 12

9. South Korea 333.22 – 2012 rank 4

10. Venezuela 318.13 – 2012 rank 8

11. Italy 235.80 – 2012 rank 9

12. Mexico 187.95 – 2012 rank 11

13. Australia 183.95 – 2012 rank 10

14. Panama 128.97 – 2012 rank 14

15. Nicaragua 125.01 – 2012 rank 15

16. Spain 122.53 – 2012 rank 16

17. Germany 96.83 – 2012 rank 17

18. Brazil 96.21 – 2012 rank 20

19. Colombia 86.25 – 2012 rank 19

20. China 80.50  – 2012 rank 18

Complete IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings

A multiplier is used in awarding points, based on the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the teams involved. The table below reflects the changes in the international baseball schedule recently approved by the IBAF. Below are the multipliers that will be used beginning in 2012.

World Baseball Classic            6x  (Winner receives 50 points, multiplied by 6 for a total of 300 points)

Premier 12                                  6x

WBC Qualifiers                          *    (Pool winner receives 50 points, 2nd – 40 pts, 3rd – 30 pts, 4th – 15 pts)

21U and 18U                              2x

15U and 12U                              1x

Continental Championships, Continental Qualifiers, and all other IBAF-sponsored events will receive a multiplier based on the number of top-10 teams from the previous year-end rankings that are entered in the tournament. (See below)

1.00× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 3 or more competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.75× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 2 competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.50× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 1 competing team is in the previous year-end top 10

0.25× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where no competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

The Thunder Series and Samurai Japan competitions in 2012 were duly sanctioned by the IBAF as per the directive of IBAF Executive, as such, 25 points were awarded per win. Note: only those sanctioned competitions that are solely between NFs “National Teams” will have IBAF rankings implications (that is to say, Cuba vs CPBL will remain only “exhibition” games with no impact on rankings). More information can be found here.

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IBAF Welcomes Curacao and Saipan as Members

The Executive Committee of the International Baseball Federation had its first meeting of 2013 in Cartagena in cooperation with the Colombian Baseball Federation. During the meeting the IBAF welcomed two new members in Curacao and Saipan.

Another key aspect to the meeting was to discuss the merger status with softball and review the constitution that will govern the new combined body, The World Baseball Softball Confederation.

A report on the merger and the combined bid for the 2020 Olympics was discussed.

Also on the agenda was the announcement of the host for the upcoming 18U Baseball World Cup. The event, to take place in late August and early September, will be held in Taichung (Taiwan). It was also announced that in the 14-team event that there will be no collisions at home plate.

In last years tournament, USA player Willie Abreu tried to run over Canadian catcher Christopher Saw. It was a big collision in which Abreu was thrown out of the game. Shaw did hold on to the ball for the out. You can see the play on the Baseball de World YouTube channel here. The play happens around the 2 minute mark.

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IBAF and ISF Agree on New Name for Combined Body

With the historic vote from the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF) approving the formation of a new unified international federation to govern both baseball and softball together, the leaders have announced that a new name has been chosen. The combined group will now be called the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

By combining both sports under one umbrella they will be able to increase the visibility for both sports and continue to deliver a consistent message. The quick agreement also seems to show their willingness to work together which is a huge step in the right direction as both sports try to get back in the good graces of the Olympic Commission.

The WBSC is looking to have its sports included in the 2020 Olympics. The site of the Olympic Games is still up in the air as the three finalists are Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid. The host city will be selected in September 2013. At the same time the IOC will vote on whether to include an additional sport from baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wushu, and beach soccer.

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Taipei City to host II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship

12 Teams to compete in Tournament in Summer of 2013

Taipei City is going to host the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship in the summer of 2013. The success of the tournament, held for the first time in 2011, was the key factor to select Taipei for the second consecutive time. Deputy Mayor Timothy Ting and IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari jointly announced the decision on Saturday.

The 12U Baseball World Championship in 2013 is going to be played with 12 teams. Taipei City is an important partner of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), having hosted many IBAF events in the past. 12U is the prime category for youth baseball, as it is the foundation of baseball growth and development.

In July of 2011 Chinese Taipei won the inaugural edition of the 12U Baseball World Championship, defeating Cuba in the Gold Medal Game in front of a sellout crowd of 9,235 in attendance at Tien-Mou Stadium in Taipei City. Venezuela finished in third place, in front of Mexico, Japan and Brazil.

More information about the II IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship will be published in the coming months at www.ibaf.org.

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Schedule released for IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship

One week before the start of the 2011 IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has released the schedule for the 14th edition of the tournament. 11 teams will participate after the recent withdrawal of the Philippines.

The stadiums “Pan American” and “Romo Chavez” will be used during the 16U Baseball World Championship. Group A consists of host Mexico, defending champion USA, Brazil, Chinese Taipei and Australia. Group B features Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Japan, Indonesia and the Netherlands.

Following a round robin in phase one, the top four teams in each group advance into the second phase, which also will be played in a round-robin format. The top two teams after that qualify for the championship game. The 5th from Group A and B, as well as the 6th from Group B will play in the consolation round.

On the first game day on August 19 Mexico is opening the tournament at 3pm local time against Chinese Taipei at Pan American Stadium. Afterwards Australia and Team USA play the night game at 7pm in the same ballpark. Romo Chavez features three games on day one with the Dominican Republic taking on Indonesia at 10am in the morning, Cuba playing against the Dutch team at 3pm and Venezuela facing Japan at 7pm.

You can download a full schedule as PDF file here. For more information visit also the info page of the 16U tournament. Full coverage of the IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship starts next week at www.ibaf.org.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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KBA, BFA meet in Rome with IBAF to discuss future Tournaments

2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship to be held in Seoul, South Korea

Rome, Italy – Sang-Hyun Lee, Secretary General of the Korean Baseball Association (KBA) and the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) met with IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari in the IBAF presidential office to discuss upcoming events and cooperation opportunities.

Specific items included discussion around the hosting agreement and related details in reference to the 2012 edition of the IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship, to be held in Seoul, South Korea. Both parties sought to increase co-operation and find ways to better utilize resources to maximize the impact of the event, with KBA announcing the intention of Seoul City to support the event.

Also of importance to the discussions is the relationship between BFA and IBAF, with both organizations looking to increase collaboration around baseball development, and keep open dialogue in reference to the calendar of events moving forward.

The next scheduled meeting is due to take place during the 12 and under world championship in Chinese Taipei in July.

Source: IBAF.org

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The International Softball Federation (ISF) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), which are separate and independent international federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as governing their respective sports, announced today that they have agreed to explore the feasibility of collaborating on a single, joint presentation to the IOC seeking to restore softball and baseball onto the programme of the Olympic Games in 2020.

The IOC and the Local Olympic Organizing Committees (LOOCs) have faced increasing financial and organizational pressures in recent years as a result of the growth of the Olympic Games and the accompanying new venues and numbers of athletes that must be accommodated. In a 2005 vote undertaken with a view to controlling the size of future Olympic Games, softball and baseball were dropped from the 2012 Olympic Games programme and subsequently were not reinstated in a 2009 vote for the 2016 programme.

Mindful of the concerns and pressures facing the IOC and the LOOCs, the IBAF and ISF are analyzing the savings and the reduced impact that may be derived from a combined proposal that women’s softball and men’s baseball share a venue and share space in the Olympic Village for the Summer Games in 2020.

Should an agreement be reached to work together, the ISF and the IBAF believe that they would be able to demonstrate compelling reasons why, under such a proposal, their respective sports should be reinstated onto the Olympic programme.

The IBAF and the ISF would work closely with the IOC to assure that any joint proposal would accomplish their goals in a manner that complies with the Olympic Charter.

The ISF and the IBAF will meet again, perhaps as soon as next week’s SportAccord convention in London, to talk further about the possibility of the two federations working together on such a proposal.

About the IBAF – Founded in 1938 and Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland the Olympic Capital, the International Baseball Federation is a non- governmental organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering baseball at the world level. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball globally and is currently composed of 119 National Member Federations.

About the ISF – Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

Press Release International Baseball Federation (IBAF), www.ibaf.org

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Baseball’s Global Presence to be Presented at Sport Accord 2011

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is pleased to announce its presence at the 2011 SportAccord International Convention. The convention will be held from Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th in London, United Kingdom, the host of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The IBAF’s participation will be centered around booth 36 and will feature information and news about the organisation, the global presence of the game of baseball and the development path the game is currently taking under the leadership of IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari and the IBAF Executive Committee.

Specific projects that will be outlined to participants during the event will include:

· exhibiting baseball’s widespread activities around the globe
· the developmental collaboration with youth baseball organizations throughout the world
· the revitalized cooperation with the professional baseball leagues
· highlighting the IBAF events calendar for 2011 and 2012
· emphasizing the social responsibility of sport in the community

The event will be attended by IBAF representatives President Riccardo Fraccari, Executive Director Roberto Fabbricini and 3rd Vice President Dr. Antonio Castro.

Further information will be available through www.ibaf.org, as well as day-to-day coverage of the event.

??Press Release International Baseball Federation (IBAF), www.ibaf.org

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IBAF Executive Committee Meeting Summary

Press Release International Baseball Federation – www.ibaf.org

Lausanne, Switzerland – The Havana edition of the 2011 IBAF Executive Committee meeting schedule concluded the evening of Saturday the 29th after a complete day of discussion and decision making. The meeting was an important component of President Fraccari’s four year elected mandate, and included discussion and appointment of the IBAF Baseball World Cup, the relationship with Major League Baseball and reports on the Olympic reinstatement campaign.

The IBAF Baseball World Cup was awarded to Panama after compelling presentations from both Venezuela and Panama. Panama’s Ruben Cardenas, General Director of the Sports Ministry led the presentation to the IBAF Executive Committee, and was jubilant at the opportunity presented to his home nation. The event is slated to include 16 competing teams and will be held in the last week of September and the first week of October. A number of cities across the nation will be utilized, with Panama City the primary city for the event and host of Pool A, while Aguadulce, Cocle; Santiago, Veragues; and Chitre, Herrera to host Pool B.

IBAF – Major league Baseball (MLB) relations were also a topic of discussion with President Fraccari revealing the organisations have come to terms in regards to working on a joint project schedule for 2011, 2012 and 2013. Ongoing conversations are expected to finalise the finer details of the relationship in the coming months. The plan will see MLB and IBAF collaborate  on developing the game globally, and will see an increase in financial support for the IBAF commencing in 2011.

Olympic reinstatement also proved to be a focus point for the meeting, with reports from President Fraccari on his recent meetings with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge in Lausanne. The outcome of the meeting saw the IBAF leave with a better sense of what areas the organisation needs to target in an effort to further align the two organisations. Accompanying  President Fraccari to the meeting was Secretary General Israel Roldan, 3rd Vice President Antonio Castro, Treasurer Rene Laforce and Executive Director Roberto Fabbricini.

Also of relevance to the Olympic Reinstatement campaign was the presentation to the executive committee in reference to the IBAF’s planned presence at Sport Accord 2011 in London, the United Kingdom. The event is a major focal point for the international sporting community and will allow the IBAF to display to the community the great strides taken by the organisation over the last year. The executive committee was called upon to reach out to the member federations in an effort to gather more information about the global game to ensure the presentation is a full representation of global baseball, with no stone left unturned in the search for relevant information.

The meeting also saw the approval of the minutes from the Chinese Taipei edition of the executive in November 2010, the presentation of information in reference to the 12 and under world championship from Chinese Taipei in mid July, the 16 and under world youth championship from Largos del Moreno in Mexico and financial & administrative reports from various organs of the IBAF.

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