Baseball for the Blind set to launch in Argentina

Baseball for the Blind set to launch in Argentina
19/06/2020
Baseball for the visually impaired in the South American nation is officially set to take off, following the implementation of the new discipline from the Argentina Baseball Federation (FAB).

Baseball for the Blind is taking its first steps in Argentina, making the game more accessible to those in the country with visual impairments. The nation's governing body, FAB, hosted an introductory webinar for almost 40 people, which included participants from Brazil.

In the webinar, FAB introduced the new discipline to coaches and physical education professors, covering the basics and rules of the game, including the equipment needed for training and competition. The webinar was given by Jonathan Deus, FAB development director for adapted baseball.

Last December, Italian coaches Publio Vasquez and Fabio Azzaro, together with Deus, started the project organising clinics at Club Ferrocarril Oeste and Club Daom in Buenos Aires.

To help lay the foundation for the project, the WBSC supplied FAB with essential equipment for the game, such as official balls that emit a special sound, electronic bases and rulebooks.

The Italian Association Baseball for the Blind (AIBXC) has also been instrumental in getting the game off the ground in Argentina.

The next step for FAB is to organise practice sessions, once the coronavirus lockdown is lifted in the country.

Read more about Baseball for the Blind here.