PARIS — WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari met with French Minister of Sports Laura Flessel at the Ministry headquarters in the French capital today to discuss baseball and softball’s future in France, particularly with the Olympic Games being going to Paris 2024.
Sports leaders such as French Baseball and Softball Federation (FFBS)/Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) President Didier Seminet, Olympic volleyball gold medallist Yumilka Ruiz (Cuba), and IOC Executive Board Member/WBSC Vice President Willi Kaltschmitt (Guatemala) were all in attendance.
“It was a very fruitful meeting,” said Fraccari. “Madame Flessel expressed a keen interest in further developing baseball and softball in France. She is willing to see stronger National Teams and develop better facilities.”
France is currently ranked 23rd in the world in baseball and 24th in softball, so the nation could potentially field a competitive Olympic team, if the sport were to be on the programme for Paris 2024.
“Flessel is originally from Guadeloupe, a French Oversea Territory in the Caribbean, and was impressed by the Association of Francophone countries within WBSC,” added Fraccari.
Flessel, a sports legend who has the most Olympic medals of any female French athlete, was appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
WBSC leaders are in Paris for executive meetings today and tomorrow.