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U-18 Men's Softball World Cup 2020 - Official Payoff
Officials prepare for history at Tokyo2020
26/02/2020 1 Minute Read

Officials prepare for history at Tokyo2020

The U-18 Men's Softball World Cup is serving as crucial preparation for umpires, scorers and technical officials selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With less than 150 days until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin, athletes all over the world are preparing to represent their country and perform at the highest level.

There is some crucial Olympic preparation going on at this week’s U-18 Men’s World Cup in Palmerston North too, as scorers, umpires and technical commissioners selected for the 2020 Games are put through their paces and continue their journey together.

Roberto Perez-Leon will be involved with softball's technical commission in Tokyo, and has coached, played and administrated all over the world.

“After 50 years in the game, it’s a dream come true to be selected to go to an Olympic Games,” Perez-Leon said.

“We have so much support from the IOC and WBSC, as well as a fantastic team.

“This tournament in Palmerston North has given us a great opportunity to work together in the lead-up to Tokyo. We’ve been working very hard here and will continue that in Tokyo.”

Canadian Bob Stanton will lead the umpiring crew for softball in Tokyo, and knows the importance of this World Cup for his team’s preparation.

“This U-18 World Cup is important, as it’s the first time some of these umpires have worked together,” Stanton said.

“We’ve had a fantastic training program at this event, have begun a solid team building process and it’s been great to build rapport with one another.”


Maurizio Ronchi is the Scoring Director at the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, and will form a key role of the scoring team in Tokyo.

“It really is a dream to be going to Tokyo,” Ronchi said.

“I was in Tokyo two years ago for the Women’s Softball World Cup, but this time will be completely different.

“The U-18 World Cup has been fantastic. The local scorekeepers are doing a great job, and we have a wonderful international team too.”

Softball will open the Olympic Games in Fukushima, and will be held from 22-28 July.