South Africa defeats Kenya to win historical first-ever Baseball5 African Championship, both qualify for WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

South Africa defeats Kenya to win historical first-ever Baseball5 African Championship, both qualify for WBSC Baseball5 World Cup
26/05/2022
"This tournament was a great success," said Angelo Vicini, WBSC Treasurer and Chair of the WBSC Development Commission. "It's historical to see an African Qualifier to a WBSC World Cup...we believe the Baseball5 African Championship will represent a milestone in development."
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Baseball5 African Championship: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Tunisia qualify for semifinals

Baseball5 African Championship: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Tunisia qualify for semifinals
25/05/2022
The winners of the semifinals will advance to the first-ever WBSC Baseball5 World Cup. Semifinals and medal games are scheduled for Thursday, 26 May.
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South Africa and Kenya lead undefeated after Day 2 of the Baseball5 African Championship

South Africa and Kenya lead undefeated after Day 2 of the Baseball5 African Championship
24/05/2022
On Wednesday, 25 May, four more games are scheduled to complete pool play. The top four finishers of each group will advance to the elimination phase. WBSC President Fraccari: "This tournament demonstrates the power of our new discipline and its youth appeal."


Japan readies for formation of its first-ever Baseball5 National Team, Asia Cup

Japan readies for formation of its first-ever Baseball5 National Team, Asia Cup
24/05/2022
Baseball5 Japan, an organization formed by the baseball and the softball governing bodies, will select eight teams through a digital challenge. The winner of an eight-team tournament will represent Japan at the inaugural Baseball5 Asian Cup, a qualifier to the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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Baseball5 African Championship - Day One: Hosts Tanzania lead the way with three wins from three as the country's baseball and softball leaders target Youth Olympic Games 2026

Baseball5 African Championship - Day One: Hosts Tanzania lead the way with three wins from three as the country's baseball and softball leaders target Youth Olympic Games 2026
23/05/2022
"It's a big event, the first of this magnitude in Africa and, of course, the first in Tanzania," baseball and softball leaders in the country say.


Historic: First ever Baseball5 African Championship to open on Monday 23 May

Historic: First ever Baseball5 African Championship to open on Monday 23 May
22/05/2022
Egypt @ Tanzania will open round robin play at 9.30 am. The top two teams will qualify to the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup later this year. Eleven officers of eight participating National Teams attended a two-day WBSC Workshop before the start of the tournament.


Baseball5 African Championship: Zimbabwe baseball, softball governing bodies team up to field Baseball5 National Team

Baseball5 African Championship: Zimbabwe baseball, softball governing bodies team up to field Baseball5 National Team
20/05/2022
Zimbabwe baseball and softball leaders are working together to grow the game in the country.
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Baseball5 to be played Aruba's School Games

Baseball5 to be played Aruba's School Games
18/05/2022
The 'Weganan Escolar' is scheduled from 17 to 26 June. WBSC President Fraccari congratulated the Aruban government.
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WBSC Asia Baseball5 World Cup Qualifier to take place in Malaysia

WBSC Asia Baseball5 World Cup Qualifier to take place in Malaysia
18/05/2022
The inaugural Baseball5 Asia Cup will qualify the top three finishers.
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Schedule unveiled for first-ever Baseball5 African Championship

Schedule unveiled for first-ever Baseball5 African Championship
16/05/2022
The tournament opens on 23 May in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The continental championship will send the top two finishers to the inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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WBSC publishes Baseball5 Rulebook in seventh language, Arabic

WBSC publishes Baseball5 Rulebook in seventh language, Arabic
16/05/2022
The launch of the urban, five-on-five discipline has provided a boost to baseball and softball development, particularly in Africa and Europe.
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Record 10 nations to feature in first-ever African Baseball5 Championship as groups revealed

Record 10 nations to feature in first-ever African Baseball5 Championship as groups revealed
12/05/2022
The unprecedented tournament in Africa opens on 23 May and will send the top two finishers to the inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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Tanzania to host first-ever African Baseball5 Championship, qualifier for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

Tanzania to host first-ever African Baseball5 Championship, qualifier for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup
06/05/2022
Ten teams will participate in the tournament, scheduled from 23 to 26 May in Dar Es Salaam. Two will advance to the Baseball5 World Cup, which is due to take place later this year.
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WBSC donates equipment to support baseball, softball development in Zambia

WBSC donates equipment to support baseball, softball development in Zambia
04/05/2022
Equipment, including Baseball5 balls, will go to 15 different receivers, starting with the Lusaka OYDC Zambia sports development centre.
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Baseball5 helping to grow the game in Malaysia

Baseball5 helping to grow the game in Malaysia
29/04/2022
Baseball5 is being used by governing body Softball Association of Malaysia to spread the game.
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Kenya baseball and softball federations team up to develop Baseball5 National Teams

Kenya baseball and softball federations team up to develop Baseball5 National Teams
27/04/2022
The cooperation sees Softball Kenya overseeing the adult Baseball5 National Team, while the Baseball Kenya is responsible for the Youth National Teams. The two baseball and softball leaders explained the reasoning behind this strategy.
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Baseball5 in Africa: Zambia Olympic Committee supports Baseball5 with an eye to the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games

Baseball5 in Africa: Zambia Olympic Committee supports Baseball5 with an eye to the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games
25/04/2022
ZBSA Vice President Andrew Zulu said Baseball 5 has the potential to become one of the most celebrated and played sports in the country.
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Baseball, softball season opens in West Africa's Ivory Coast

Baseball, softball season opens in West Africa's Ivory Coast
22/04/2022
The country's national baseball and softball federation introduced the sport to 100 new players on the occasion of Opening Day.
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Baseball5 in Africa: Cape Verde Olympic Committee latest to come on board

Baseball5 in Africa: Cape Verde Olympic Committee latest to come on board
19/04/2022
Five-on-five Baseball5 will be played at the 2026 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Dakar, Senegal.
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WBSC runs key Baseball5 / Mini Baseball workshop for OlympAfrica directors in Africa

WBSC runs key Baseball5 / Mini Baseball workshop for OlympAfrica directors in Africa
08/04/2022
The workshop is one of the first initiatives under the MOU between the World Baseball Softball Confederation, Olympafrica Foundation and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa to promote baseball and softball in Africa. Baseball5 will feature at the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal.
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Venezuela launches Baseball5 courses

Venezuela launches Baseball5 courses
01/04/2022
The programme opened in Barquisimeto, Lara, with 82 participants. It will later reach all the other states.
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Yearbook 2021: President Fraccari "incredibly proud" of WBSC's achievements

Yearbook 2021: President Fraccari "incredibly proud" of WBSC's achievements
23/03/2022
The 150-page digital book is now available through the WBSC website.
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Softball Association of Malaysia to take grassroots Baseball5 programme into schools

Softball Association of Malaysia to take grassroots Baseball5 programme into schools
15/03/2022
"We are in the process of starting Baseball5 at the grassroots level, introducing primary school students to the game," said SAM Secretary-General Willeam Mah Choon How. "We want to make Baseball5 accessible to all."
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Erasmus+Sport: WBSC endorses European Union development programme to further grow the sport

Erasmus+Sport: WBSC endorses European Union development programme to further grow the sport
11/03/2022
The EU Erasmus+Sports programme is an opportunity for funding National Federations and strengthening their policies.
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BK Vilnius wins Lithuanian Baseball5 Winter Championship

BK Vilnius wins Lithuanian Baseball5 Winter Championship
07/03/2022
Lithuania hosted the first-ever Baseball5 European Championship in February 2020 and became the first country to qualify for the Baseball5 World Cup.
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Kenya Baseball and Softball Federations team up to field Baseball5 national squads

Kenya Baseball and Softball Federations team up to field Baseball5 national squads
04/03/2022
Officers from both governing bodies will serve on a committee to select National Teams and participate in continental and world events.
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Women's Baseball League headlines packed Venezuela national baseball season

Women's Baseball League headlines packed Venezuela national baseball season
28/02/2022
The second Women's Baseball League will be the first of four National Championships. National tournaments in six different age brackets and six Baseball5 events will also feature in 2022.
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Federation Focus: Bhutan wants baseball and softball to thrive on top of the world

Federation Focus: Bhutan wants baseball and softball to thrive on top of the world
25/02/2022
Bhutan federation co-founders Karma Dorji, the current president, and Matthew DeSantis, guide the WBSC inside the baseball, softball and Baseball5 programme of one of its newest members.
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Africa: Benin crowns five-on-five Baseball5 national champions

Africa: Benin crowns five-on-five Baseball5 national champions
23/02/2022
Galaxie Baseball Club won the adult category, while Privileges Baseball Club won amongst the juniors.
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Odesa Mariners, PowerKrop win first-ever Ukraine National Baseball5 Championship

Odesa Mariners, PowerKrop win first-ever Ukraine National Baseball5 Championship
21/02/2022
Kropyvnytskyi, 300 kilometres southeast of Kyiv, hosted the tournament on 19 and 20 February. A total of 150 athletes participated.
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Palestine, Saudi Arabia federations working together to grow baseball, softball

Palestine, Saudi Arabia federations working together to grow baseball, softball
18/02/2022
The two federations signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year.
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Uganda opens tryouts for Baseball5 National Team

Uganda opens tryouts for Baseball5 National Team
16/02/2022
Forty players participated in the first event. More tryouts are to be scheduled every other week.
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South Africa showcases Baseball5 in Benoni, Gauteng

South Africa showcases Baseball5 in Benoni, Gauteng
25/01/2022
"You can play it anywhere," commented Americo Juma, the South African Baseball Union Baseball5 commissioner. "It supports social cohesion and promotes women in sports."
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French Baseball5 Open to open 22 January in Montpellier

French Baseball5 Open to open 22 January in Montpellier
20/01/2022
Twelve teams will compete in the 16 and over age bracket, while six will participate in the U-15 event.
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Nine events highlight 2022 international Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 calendars

Nine events highlight 2022 international Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 calendars
18/01/2022
The WBSC Executive Board approved the 2022 international events calendar for Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 during its first online meeting of the year on 11 January.
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Baseball5, softball national champions crowned in India

Baseball5, softball national champions crowned in India
14/01/2022
The Softball Association of India organised its second selection trial for the Women’s National Softball Team for the 2022 Asian Games in Manav Rachna University, Faridabad from December 19-21, 2021.
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Baseball5 reaches 2,600 students in Turkey, helping to grow the game in key region

Baseball5 reaches 2,600 students in Turkey, helping to grow the game in key region
13/01/2022
The country's national governing body introduced the five-on-five discipline in May 2019.
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Tunisian Baseball5 National Team complete final 2021 training camp

Tunisian Baseball5 National Team complete final 2021 training camp
10/01/2022
A total of 18 players, 8 girls and 10 boys, took the field in the Governorate of Nabeul.
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Thierry Raphet is the new president of the French Baseball and Softball Federation

Thierry Raphet is the new president of the French Baseball and Softball Federation
10/01/2022
He had served as the Secretary-General since 2014 and succeeds interim president Fabien Carrette-Legrand.
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2021 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2021 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
31/12/2021
Never miss a moment! The top stories in 2021, a year in which baseball and softball returned to the Olympic Games and the international events calendar restarted following the impact of Covid-19 around the world.


Global Game Podcast: Baseball5 is ‘the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me’ - Cuba star Briandy Molina

Global Game Podcast: Baseball5 is ‘the most beautiful thing that ever happened to me’ - Cuba star Briandy Molina
29/12/2021
Molina was the guest of the December edition of The Global Game, where he spoke passionately about Baseball5 and its origins, its main characteristics and the exceptional growth of the discipline in a very short period of time.
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France launches plan to provide portable Baseball5 fields to regional leagues

France launches plan to provide portable Baseball5 fields to regional leagues
27/12/2021
"It's an additional tool in the development strategy of this new urban discipline," said National Federation President Fabien Carrette-Legrand.
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Korea holds first Baseball5 tournament

Korea holds first Baseball5 tournament
24/12/2021
Six U-12 teams competed in a tournament organized by the National Baseball Softball Federation and the National Olympic Committee.
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Japan baseball, softball federations launch historic new joint body for Baseball5, youth promotion

Japan baseball, softball federations launch historic new joint body for Baseball5, youth promotion
16/12/2021
Baseball5 Japan will be in charge of the five-on-five version of baseball/softball in the country.
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Al-Ahly wins Youth Baseball5 Jerusalem Cup in Palestine

Al-Ahly wins Youth Baseball5 Jerusalem Cup in Palestine
14/12/2021
The month-long, eleven-team tournament opened on 7 November.
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Prisoners playing Baseball5 in Rome, Italy as part of 'Return to Home Plate' program

Prisoners playing Baseball5 in Rome, Italy as part of 'Return to Home Plate' program
09/12/2021
The project, run by the Italian Baseball Softball Federation, will run four months and involve 25 prisoners.
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2021 in Review: A year to remember for Baseball5

2021 in Review: A year to remember for Baseball5
09/12/2021
The WBSC showcased the five-on-five discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Fan Park sports experience. WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari presented Baseball5 to 54 members of the ANOCA. The first World Cup will highlight the 2022 international schedule.


Africa: Senegal launches '50,000 Baseball5 Members' campaign to grow the sport ahead of hosting 2026 Youth Olympic Games

Africa: Senegal launches '50,000 Baseball5 Members' campaign to grow the sport ahead of hosting 2026 Youth Olympic Games
02/12/2021
The first event was on 27 November in the town of Yoff. The goal is to make the most of the Senegalese people familiar with the five-on-five version of baseball/softball within the Youth Olympic Games 2026.
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Palestine, Tunisia showcase Baseball5 at UTS World Virtual Youth Festival

Palestine, Tunisia showcase Baseball5 at UTS World Virtual Youth Festival
01/12/2021
Over 100 organisations joined forces, united by the mission to promote inclusion, non-discrimination, equality and show the world's youth standing together for a better tomorrow.
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WBSC Europe Congress: WBSC briefs Europe on Baseball5, eSport and key integrity policies

WBSC Europe Congress: WBSC briefs Europe on Baseball5, eSport and key integrity policies
20/11/2021
Baseball5 -- WBSC’s new youth-focused, mixed-gender, urban discipline -- and eSport is fully in line with the Agenda 2020+5 of the IOC and the latest principles of the Olympic Movement.
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Cuba set to celebrate four-year anniversary of Baseball5

Cuba set to celebrate four-year anniversary of Baseball5
19/11/2021
The WBSC launched the new discipline's logo in Havana on 23 November 2017.
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Global Game: Al Mouj Sports wins Baseball5 Tunisia Cup

Global Game: Al Mouj Sports wins Baseball5 Tunisia Cup
18/11/2021
The Tunisian Baseball and Softball Federation hosted the final day of the event in the governorate of Ariana.
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Baseball5 French Open to be played in January

Baseball5 French Open to be played in January
18/11/2021
The second edition of the French Baseball5 tournament will be played in two categories: U-15 and 16+.
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Palestine awards U-17, U-15 Baseball5 titles

Palestine awards U-17, U-15 Baseball5 titles
15/11/2021
It's the third U-15 title for Beach Services amongst boys, the first win for Al-Ahly amongst girls. Beit Hanoun Al-Ahly wins amongst girls over 17 years of age.
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Europe: Baseball5 takes the game to Northern Germany

Europe: Baseball5 takes the game to Northern Germany
03/11/2021
WBSC regional instructor Benjamin Kleiner introduced the game in the state of Hamburg-Schleswig-Holstein.
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Baseball5 pushing growth in Argentina with “Salta Plays B5” activity

Baseball5 pushing growth in Argentina with “Salta Plays B5” activity
20/10/2021
The initiative included a series of clinics in schools from four cities in Salta, a Northern province in Argentina, and a Baseball5 tournament. More than 1,000 girls and boys participated in the activity.
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Greece: Baseball5 lands in schools

Greece: Baseball5 lands in schools
15/10/2021
Almost 500 boys and girls from the Zois Education school are being introduced to the new street/urban game.
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Italy officially recognizes Baseball5 as new discipline

Italy officially recognizes Baseball5 as new discipline
14/10/2021
The Board of Directors sanctioned the street version of baseball/softball as "official" during a meeting on 18 September.
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari receives Italian Olympic Committee Golden Collar

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari receives Italian Olympic Committee Golden Collar
12/10/2021
It's the highest sports honour awarded in the country and acknowledges Fraccari's "extraordinary accomplishments" as president of the IBAF and WBSC.
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Global Development: WBSC presents Baseball5 to African Olympic Committees

Global Development: WBSC presents Baseball5 to African Olympic Committees
30/09/2021
Baseball5 has been a boost to baseball and softball's development and expansion efforts, particularly in Africa and Europe.
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WBSC to present Baseball5 to African Olympic Committees with aim at boosting the game across continent

WBSC to present Baseball5 to African Olympic Committees with aim at boosting the game across continent
27/09/2021
Requiring only a ball to play, Baseball5 will make its Youth Olympic Games debut at Dakar 2026 in Senegal, Africa.
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WBSC Integrity Unit releases new videos for #SafeCall safeguarding campaign

WBSC Integrity Unit releases new videos for #SafeCall safeguarding campaign
27/09/2021
The two new videos are being featured on a daily basis on the scoreboards at the current WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in Mexico.


Baseball5 showcase at Tokyo 2020 FAN PARK a great success

Baseball5 showcase at Tokyo 2020 FAN PARK a great success
07/09/2021
In all, 3,617 people visited the future Youth Olympic Games discipline, with 1,936 reporting they enjoyed playing the five-on-five game with instructors and university volunteers.
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WBSC and Mondo to work together for Baseball5 development

WBSC and Mondo to work together for Baseball5 development
24/08/2021
The new agreement between the WBSC and Mondo will see the delivery and installation of a state-of-the-art field of play for the WBSC Baseball5 showcase during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which is taking place at the AOMI FAN PARK from Tuesday 24 August to Sunday 5 September 2021.
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Baseball5 to be showcased at Tokyo 2020 FAN PARK during Paralympics

Baseball5 to be showcased at Tokyo 2020 FAN PARK during Paralympics
20/08/2021
The WBSC five-on-five demonstration will be open to Tokyo residents from 24 August to 5 September.
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WBSC completes its largest-ever global distribution of baseball, softball equipment following successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic showing

WBSC completes its largest-ever global distribution of baseball, softball equipment following successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic showing
17/08/2021
The WBSC is looking to boost global development and capture the wave of momentum from baseball and softball's successful showing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Federation Focus: Tanzania targets schools to boost baseball, softball development in East Africa

Federation Focus: Tanzania targets schools to boost baseball, softball development in East Africa
16/08/2021
Currently there are approximately 2,000 baseball and softball players in Tanzania. The national governing body is aiming to reach 10,000 players in the next years.
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KBO legend Jun-hyuk Yang stars in Baseball5 promotional video

KBO legend Jun-hyuk Yang stars in Baseball5 promotional video
16/07/2021
The video tells how the former KBO All-Star learned how to play the five-on-five game from softball players.
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Palestine celebrates winners of Women Baseball5 Jerusalem Cups

Palestine celebrates winners of Women Baseball5 Jerusalem Cups
16/07/2021
Baseball5, the five-on-five discipline that only requires a ball to play, is helping take the game to new places.
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Baseball, Baseball5 growing in Burkina Faso

Baseball, Baseball5 growing in Burkina Faso
13/07/2021
There's interest in the game, Burkina Faso baseball and softball leaders say.
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WBSC launches wbscafrica.org in push toward global expansion

WBSC launches wbscafrica.org in push toward global expansion
13/07/2021
The launch of the website dedicated to the African continent is part of a global push and awareness-raising for the sport.
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World Refugee Day: Global expansion of baseball-softball can and must serve refugees, says WBSC President Fraccari

World Refugee Day: Global expansion of baseball-softball can and must serve refugees, says WBSC President Fraccari
18/06/2021
To mark World Refugee Day on 20 June 2021, World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari reaffirms the WBSC’s commitment and responsibility to leverage baseball and softball to help shape a better global society, including the call for the inclusion and support of refugees in sport.
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Baseball5 to be showcased at Korea national sports festival

Baseball5 to be showcased at Korea national sports festival
09/06/2021
The Baseball5 showcase will involve 34 U-12 mixed (boys and girls) teams.
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WBSC Integrity Unit: International Testing Agency to offer webinar on the Legal Side of Anti-Doping

WBSC Integrity Unit: International Testing Agency to offer webinar on the Legal Side of Anti-Doping

Growing the game in Netherlands: Baseball5 seminar targets high schools

Growing the game in Netherlands: Baseball5 seminar targets high schools
21/05/2021
The Netherlands has been implementing various youth and urban initiatives to grow baseball and softball in the country, and push their leading position in Europe.
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Caribbean Baseball Cup will open 26 June

Caribbean Baseball Cup will open 26 June
14/05/2021
The tournament, originally scheduled for April, had already been postponed to May. Chile, Haiti and Puerto Rico decided to withdraw.
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New Baseball5 webinar available to the public via the WBSC Academy

New Baseball5 webinar available to the public via the WBSC Academy
10/05/2021
The lessons on the basics of the five-on-five version of baseball/softball can be accessed through the WBSC website and WBSC Baseball5 Instagram page.
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Zambia's Lusaka League takes Baseball5 to new communities

Zambia's Lusaka League takes Baseball5 to new communities
06/05/2021
A game played at the Kuanda Square Community Ground gave a chance to try the five-on-five discipline to the local youth.
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WBSC publishes 2019-2020 Yearbook

WBSC publishes 2019-2020 Yearbook
30/04/2021
The 126-page digital booklet is available for download.
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Baseball5 course in Dominican Republic proves a success

Baseball5 course in Dominican Republic proves a success
30/04/2021
The Dominican Baseball Federation's long-term goal is to open several Baseball5 schools across the country, fortifying what is already one of the top baseball countries the world.
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Global Game: Palestine Baseball5 course aims to grow the game

Global Game: Palestine Baseball5 course aims to grow the game
27/04/2021
The national federation believes that the five-on-five version of baseball/softball can become its most important development tool for the sport to become more practiced.
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Federation Focus: Baseball and softball strike deal to boost development in Costa Rica

Federation Focus: Baseball and softball strike deal to boost development in Costa Rica
26/04/2021
The two governing bodies have different histories and will maintain their development programmes. As the two presidents Adrian Alfaro and Robestro Castro say, they have a relationship like brother and sister.
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Dominican Republic federation to stage Baseball5 introductory course on 23 April

Dominican Republic federation to stage Baseball5 introductory course on 23 April
22/04/2021
WBSC certified instructor Jefferson Quintero will run the workshop.
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Africa: Youth baseball tournament staged in Burkina Faso with seminar on urban baseball5

Africa: Youth baseball tournament staged in Burkina Faso with seminar on urban baseball5
19/04/2021
Federation president Ibrahima Sibore attended the final of the U-15 Special League and held a baseball5 introductory course in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second biggest city in the country.
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April anti-doping webinar to focus on athlete nutrition

April anti-doping webinar to focus on athlete nutrition
14/04/2021
It's the fourth in the series by the International Testing Agency. All Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 athletes, staff and entourages are welcomed to join.
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Africa: Zambia launches Baseball5 urban league in capital Lusaka

Africa: Zambia launches Baseball5 urban league in capital Lusaka
12/04/2021
The six-team league opened on 10 April and will run through 31 July. Games will be played on different surfaces.
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Video: March edition of WBSC's Home Run News now online

Video: March edition of WBSC's Home Run News now online
01/04/2021
The WBSC monthly video includes the top Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 developments of the past month.


Didier Seminet re-elected president of the French Baseball Softball Federation

Didier Seminet re-elected president of the French Baseball Softball Federation
30/03/2021
"I'm looking forward to 2024 and an exciting cycle leading up to the 100th anniversary of our federation," he commented.
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New bidding guidelines revealed for WBSC Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 World Cups

New bidding guidelines revealed for WBSC Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 World Cups
23/03/2021
“Our guidelines have been restructured in order to increase the level of support and transparency which organisations receive when bidding for a World Cup,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
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Baseball5 season opens in Egypt

Baseball5 season opens in Egypt
22/03/2021
The U-23 National Team will practice until 28 March. From 26 to 28 March, the country's national federation will conduct a course for 20 umpires and coaches.
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Tunisia U-23 Baseball5 National Team opens training camp

Tunisia U-23 Baseball5 National Team opens training camp
18/03/2021
A national championship will follow on 28 March. The Inter Youth Center Championship is set to begin in late May.


Russian government officially recognises Baseball5

Russian government officially recognises Baseball5
11/03/2021
The five-on-five version of baseball/softball was introduced to the country in the spring of 2019, thanks to a joint effort by the country's baseball and softball bodies.
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Netherland's first portable field helps Baseball5 grow with help from former Olympian Danny Rombley

Netherland's first portable field helps Baseball5 grow with help from former Olympian Danny Rombley
10/03/2021
"I feel in love with the sport," said the former Montreal Expos minor leaguer. The field was budgeted by the Amsterdam Southeast District.
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Ben Arous wins Tunisian Baseball5 Cup

Ben Arous wins Tunisian Baseball5 Cup
08/03/2021
The Final Four had been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since its introduction, Baseball5 changed the perspective of baseball/softball development in the country


New Youth Women's Baseball5 Championship launched in Palestine

New Youth Women's Baseball5 Championship launched in Palestine
04/03/2021
The new five-on-five U-16 youth baseball5 tournament is reflective of the popularity of Baseball5 in Palestine.


Netherlands Federation: Baseball5 a "huge opportunity for the Dutch baseball and softball community"

Netherlands Federation: Baseball5 a "huge opportunity for the Dutch baseball and softball community"
01/03/2021
Corinne Van de Griendt of the Recreational Sports Department at the Dutch Baseball Softball Federation runs through the introduction of the five-on-five discipline in the country.


Federation Focus: Chile targets Pan American Games 2023 to boost baseball, softball popularity

Federation Focus: Chile targets Pan American Games 2023 to boost baseball, softball popularity
27/02/2021
Chile's national federation (FECHIBEIS) was established in 1954. Nine different regional associations are developing activity across the nation. The Pan Am Games 2023 will be a key opportunity to boost baseball's and softball's popularity in the country.
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WBSC announces Baseball5 World Cup Calendar 2021-2029

WBSC announces Baseball5 World Cup Calendar 2021-2029
26/02/2021
The Baseball5 World Cup calendar includes the Baseball5 World Cup on even years and the Youth Baseball5 World Cup (14-18 age bracket) on odd years.
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Baseball/softball players can attend free anti-doping webinar on Feb 25 as part of WBSC cooperation with International Testing Agency

Baseball/softball players can attend free anti-doping webinar on Feb 25 as part of WBSC cooperation with International Testing Agency
22/02/2021
The initiative that allows baseball/softball athletes access to this service is made possible by an agreement between the WBSC and the International Testing Agency.
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Tunisian Baseball5 championship to target youth with 240-team national tourney

Tunisian Baseball5 championship to target youth with 240-team national tourney
16/02/2021
The plan was discussed in a meeting between National Federation President Saber Jlajla and the Director-General of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Kamel El Arbi.
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Africa: WBSC, ABSA attract Benin coaches and officials with Baseball5 webinar

Africa: WBSC, ABSA attract Benin coaches and officials with Baseball5 webinar
15/02/2021
"The course went very well," commented ABSA continental president Saber JlaJlajla.


Baseball5 helps spread game in Egypt with youth tournament, instructional course

Baseball5 helps spread game in Egypt with youth tournament, instructional course
09/02/2021
Boys and girls from Beni Suef, a mostly rural governorate located in the center of Egypt, participated in a tournament of baseball/softball's five-on-five urban discipline.
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Baseball5 webinar staged to grow the game in West African nation Burkina Faso

Baseball5 webinar staged to grow the game in West African nation Burkina Faso
09/02/2021
The development activity was organised by the African Baseball & Softball Association, in collaboration with the WBSC.


Tanzania launches Baseball5 roadmap to 2026 Youth Olympics

Tanzania launches Baseball5 roadmap to 2026 Youth Olympics
08/02/2021
National Federation Secretary-General Alpherio Moris Nchimbi attended the ceremony in Dar Es Salaam.
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Global Game: Palestine Baseball5 Cup staged in Gaza Strip

Global Game: Palestine Baseball5 Cup staged in Gaza Strip
05/02/2021
The event ends the 2020-21 season in the Southern Governorates.
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Tunisia: Baseball5 to be promoted in schools, backed by Higher Institute of Sport and Physical Education

Tunisia: Baseball5 to be promoted in schools, backed by Higher Institute of Sport and Physical Education
05/02/2021
Starting the Academic Year 2021-22, the urban five-on-five version of baseball/softball will be a part of the African nation's physical education's teachers official programme.
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Video: Home Run News - Your monthly news update on global Baseball, Softball and Baseball5

Video: Home Run News - Your monthly news update on global Baseball, Softball and Baseball5
03/02/2021
The new communication tool includes the top Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 news of the month in a creative, user-friendly format to help keep fans informed.


WBSC Integrity Unit launches #SafeCall safeguarding campaign

WBSC Integrity Unit launches #SafeCall safeguarding campaign
02/02/2021
The mission of the WBSC Integrity Unit is to enhance fair play and transparency, protect athletes’ rights and promote inclusiveness, and further enhance governance.


Federation Focus: New movement aims to boost baseball, softball in Finland

Federation Focus: New movement aims to boost baseball, softball in Finland
30/01/2021
In the first edition of the Federation Focus series in 2021, the newly elected president of the Finnish Baseball and Softball Federation talks about the relationship with pesäpallo - the Finnish version of baseball - and how the sports can develop together and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their year, including the delay in celebrating their 40th anniversary of activity.
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Iran: Baseball5 seminar hopes to get more women in the game

Iran: Baseball5 seminar hopes to get more women in the game
25/01/2021
The course is the first result of the MOU signed by the national governing body with capital city Tehran.


New Anti-Doping Code comes into force

New Anti-Doping Code comes into force
21/01/2021
The WBSC has published its Anti-Doping rules, which have come into force as of January 2021
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Asia Cup Baseball5, qualifiers for WBSC World Cup, postponed to a later date

Asia Cup Baseball5, qualifiers for WBSC World Cup, postponed to a later date
19/01/2021
“Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA), Softball Asia (SA) and the WBSC-Asia Baseball5 Commission will review the situation from April – June 2021 to see if it is possible to plan more definitely to hold the Asia Cup Baseball5 qualifiers in the later part of 2021 or early 2022,” said Beng Choo Low.


Baseball5 shines in Argentina as 5-on-5 discipline lands in Salta province

Baseball5 shines in Argentina as 5-on-5 discipline lands in Salta province
18/01/2021
Over the weekend, four workshops were held in Salta and Oran, including two demonstrations in youth correctional institutions, where inmates got familiar with the rules and basics of the game and enjoyed it.
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Iran Olympic Committee backs development of Baseball, Softball, Baseball5

Iran Olympic Committee backs development of Baseball, Softball, Baseball5
14/01/2021
Houman Mansourian, the president of the Iran Baseball and Softball Association, met the president of the National Olympic Committee, Reza Salehi Amiri.
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Africa: Baseball5 course looks to spread game across schools in Tunisia

Africa: Baseball5 course looks to spread game across schools in Tunisia
13/01/2021
The course is part of the national plan that aims at introducing the new urban version of baseball/softball in schools.
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Year in Review - Top Stories of 2020

Year in Review - Top Stories of 2020
31/12/2020
Here's a list of all the top stories in 2020, a year in which the WBSC and its members still managed many achievements, both on and off the field, despite the impact of Covid-19 around the world.


2020 in Review: Baseball-softball global activity remains strong in challenging times

2020 in Review: Baseball-softball global activity remains strong in challenging times
31/12/2020
In the final part of it's 2020 in Review series, the WBSC looks at the state of play of the international Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 events calendar, with the potential of an action-packed 2021 ahead.


COVID-19: WBSC Updates in 2020

COVID-19: WBSC Updates in 2020
30/12/2020
The timeline includes a break down, month-by-month, of the major WBSC news stories throughout 2020 pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Japan donates equipment to Egypt to support global baseball/softball development, friendly ties

Japan donates equipment to Egypt to support global baseball/softball development, friendly ties
22/12/2020
The Egyptian Baseball and Softball Federation hosted JICA and the personnel of the Japanese Embassy at the Greater Cairo Regional Baseball5 finals.
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2020 in Review: 'Federation Focus' series highlights baseball/softball activity around the world

2020 in Review: 'Federation Focus' series highlights baseball/softball activity around the world
22/12/2020
The WBSC's new series inaugurated at the start of the year covered 11 different stories of very diverse National Federations Members.
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End-of-the-year message from WBSC President to the global Baseball Softball community

End-of-the-year message from WBSC President to the global Baseball Softball community
18/12/2020
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Faccari addresses baseball and softball leaders, players, media and fans around the world in the following end-of-year address:
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2020 in Review: Baseball5 takes the sport to communities never reached before

2020 in Review: Baseball5 takes the sport to communities never reached before
15/12/2020
The year began with the inclusion of the new five-on-five discipline on the programme of the Youth Olympics.
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Africa: Youth initiation event held in Zambia to promote baseball, softball, Baseball5

Africa: Youth initiation event held in Zambia to promote baseball, softball, Baseball5
14/12/2020
The Zambia Baseball Softball Association (ZABSA) hosted their “Triple Sport Launch" at the Olympic Youth Development Center in Lusaka. 
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Saber Jlajla unanimously confirmed as president of Tunisian Baseball and Softball Federation

Saber Jlajla unanimously confirmed as president of Tunisian Baseball and Softball Federation
14/12/2020
The General Assembly decided to have equal gender representation on the Executive Board.
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WBSC approves E-Sports as new discipline and virtual version of Baseball/Softball, setting stage for future official World Cup video games

WBSC approves E-Sports as new discipline and virtual version of Baseball/Softball, setting stage for future official World Cup video games
10/12/2020
“The WBSC looks forward to more progressive innovation in the dynamic and youth-focused space of E-Sports and E-Games, which will potentially expand the reach of our sport to millions of gamers and fans,” says WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.
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WBSC welcomes Cape Verde Baseball Softball Federation, Italian Association of Baseball for the Blind as newest Members

WBSC welcomes Cape Verde Baseball Softball Federation, Italian Association of Baseball for the Blind as newest Members
10/12/2020
The Cape Verde Baseball Softball Federation becomes the 198th National Federation Member, and the 28th in Africa. The Italian Association Baseball for the Blind is the 13th Associate Member.
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First-ever Baseball5 World Cup set for 2022 as WBSC announces five-on-five international calendar

First-ever Baseball5 World Cup set for 2022 as WBSC announces five-on-five international calendar
09/12/2020
The Baseball5 World Cup - a mixed gender competition - will be played on even years starting 2022. The Baseball5 Youth World Cup, for the ages of 14-18, will be played on odd years starting 2023. The 2025 edition will serve as a qualifier to the 2026 Youth Olympics.
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Australian media outlet: Baseball5 'can be played anywhere and anytime' as 5-on-5 game grows Down Under

Australian media outlet: Baseball5 'can be played anywhere and anytime' as 5-on-5 game grows Down Under
04/12/2020
“With no baseball gloves or bats required, it’s a simple version of the sport that can be played anywhere and anytime,” said NBN News reporter Georgia Stefe.
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2020: Global baseball-softball development doesn’t stop amid global pandemic

2020: Global baseball-softball development doesn’t stop amid global pandemic
03/12/2020
In the first of the 2020 End of Year Review series, we look back on how WBSC development has continued despite the impact of COVID-19. Baseball and softball are currently being practiced by approximately 65 million people across 140+ countries and territories around the world. The WBSC is aiming to boost those numbers this decade with aggressive development plans.
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Africa: Egypt stages Baseball5 National Championship as the sport continues global push

Africa: Egypt stages Baseball5 National Championship as the sport continues global push
02/12/2020
Alexandria won amongst the boys, Cairo earned first place in the girls tournament. The Egyptian National Baseball Softball Federation praised the "distinguished organization".
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New WBSC Academy opens first online courses in push to further globalise baseball, softball

New WBSC Academy opens first online courses in push to further globalise baseball, softball
30/10/2020
The WBSC Academy will help facilitate athletes, coaches, officials and National Federations to conduct efficient self-learning of the various topics related to Baseball, Softball and Baseball5.
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New WBSC Integrity Unit releases updated Baseball5 official ball certification programme

New WBSC Integrity Unit releases updated Baseball5 official ball certification programme
29/10/2020
The recently established WBSC Integrity Unit is tasked with enhancing fair play and transparency, protecting athletes’ rights, promoting inclusiveness and further enhancing governance.
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Federation Focus: Iran Baseball Softball Association banks on Baseball5 as cost-effective way to grow the game

Federation Focus: Iran Baseball Softball Association banks on Baseball5 as cost-effective way to grow the game
26/10/2020
Iran has "the most advanced and modern baseball stadium in the Middle East", according to Houman Mansourian, the new President of the Iran Baseball and Softball Association (IBSA). "The venue is the outstanding achievement of the visits to Iran by WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. We hope we can earn hosting rights of the West Asia Cup from the Baseball Federation of Asia," Mansourian said.
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Former WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup winner Ayako Rokkaku backs Baseball5 in Japan

Former WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup winner Ayako Rokkaku backs Baseball5 in Japan
26/10/2020
The fast-pace makes the urban version of baseball/softball entertaining to play and watch, and "it can improve the image of the game," says the World Cup winner.
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Softball Asia's Executive Committee meets online, reviews activity in the region

Softball Asia's Executive Committee meets online, reviews activity in the region
14/10/2020
Most of the countries could complete the domestic activity. Construction of the Asian Games baseball/softball venues proceeds. The mid-term Congress will be held online at the end of the year
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WBSC's 'GameTime' channel to live-stream inaugural Taiwan Baseball5 Championships on 13-14 Oct, logo revealed

WBSC's 'GameTime' channel to live-stream inaugural Taiwan Baseball5 Championships on 13-14 Oct, logo revealed
09/10/2020
A total of 17 Baseball5 championship games will be programmed on WBSC and GameTime Facebook pages and on the GameTime.Sport website on 13 and 14 October.
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First-ever Taiwan Baseball5 Championship to open 13 October in Taipei City

First-ever Taiwan Baseball5 Championship to open 13 October in Taipei City
02/10/2020
A total of 12 teams will participate in the new urban five-on-five event, six of them in the youth (16-18 years) age bracket.
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WBSC publishes new Baseball5 rulebook for the 5-on-5 urban game

WBSC publishes new Baseball5 rulebook for the 5-on-5 urban game
24/09/2020
The main rule change is in hitting. The slapped/hit ball has to gain enough momentum to reach the outfield fence.
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Mexican Baseball League LMB signs agreement to boost Baseball5 in schools across the nation

Mexican Baseball League LMB signs agreement to boost Baseball5 in schools across the nation
21/09/2020
The new street version of baseball/softball can help the prevention of health problems that come from the lack of physical activity.
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Federation Focus: Russia proud past, promising baseball future

Federation Focus: Russia proud past, promising baseball future
21/09/2020
As the main Republic of the Soviet Union, Russia was officially introduced to baseball in 1987. Current Russian Baseball Federation President Dmitry Kiselev reveals the nation's history and future of baseball.
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Growing the game in Africa: Online Baseball5 training course targets coaches in Egypt

Growing the game in Africa: Online Baseball5 training course targets coaches in Egypt
15/09/2020
A total of 27 coaches from Egypt participated in the three-day online seminar, boosting Baseball5 development in the country.
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Palestine Women's Baseball5 Championship won by Al-Nasr Al-Arabi 'A' squad

Palestine Women's Baseball5 Championship won by Al-Nasr Al-Arabi 'A' squad
07/09/2020
The nine-team tournament marked another step forward in the development of the new five-on-five discipline, helping baseball/softball grow in new territories, such as the Gaza Strip.
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Final video of the WBSC Coach Commission Workout series available on YouTube

Final video of the WBSC Coach Commission Workout series available on YouTube
04/09/2020
The full 12-day training programme was launched on Olympic Day as a part of the #staystrong #stayactive campaign.
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New Zealand launches Baseball5 inter-school tournaments

New Zealand launches Baseball5 inter-school tournaments
03/09/2020
A total of 72 games were played in two different tournaments in Lower Hutt and capital city Wellington, involving 110 students from eight different schools.
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Africa: Tunisian Baseball5 National Team opens camp

Africa: Tunisian Baseball5 National Team opens camp
02/09/2020
A total of 25 players will train under head coach Chedli Mokrani and his staff through Saturday, 5 September.
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Alexandria hosts first Baseball5 national event in Egypt

Alexandria hosts first Baseball5 national event in Egypt
31/08/2020
Giza won the men's tournament, while Cairo claimed first place in the women's. The tournament was preceded by five years of training and development courses and tournaments.
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Baseball5 National Championship on the go in Tunisia

Baseball5 National Championship on the go in Tunisia
28/08/2020
A total of 12 teams from four zones are participating. The finals will begin on 6 September.
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WBSC holds first Baseball5 webinar in Arabic

WBSC holds first Baseball5 webinar in Arabic
24/08/2020
Instructor Chedli Mokrani (Tunisian Baseball and Softball Federation) ran three different online sessions for participants from Tunisia, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Algeria. The following phase will take new coaches and umpires to the field for practical education.
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Sporting Club Ben Arous wins Baseball5 Beach Tournament in Tunisia

Sporting Club Ben Arous wins Baseball5 Beach Tournament in Tunisia
18/08/2020
The six-team competition was played on 13 August. "We saw a lot of dedication, we awarded every participant," commented National Federation President Saber Jlajla.
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Africa: New Baseball5 Beach Tournament to be held in Tunisia on 13 August

Africa: New Baseball5 Beach Tournament to be held in Tunisia on 13 August
13/08/2020
The event will also celebrate National Women's Day in the North African country.
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WBSC shares UN Youth Day values: Baseball/softball only sport to stage U-12 World Cup

WBSC shares UN Youth Day values: Baseball/softball only sport to stage U-12 World Cup
12/08/2020
Raising awareness of today’s United Nations’ “International Youth Day”, the WBSC fully shares the need to engage youth and the next generations. Baseball and softball have long been sports leaders in the youth sector.
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WBSC Athletes Commission: Players are part of WBSC's decision-making process

WBSC Athletes Commission: Players are part of WBSC's decision-making process
03/08/2020
The Commission, co-chaired by Justin Huber and Maria Soto, met virtually. President Fraccari opened the on line meeting
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WBSC certifies 54 Baseball5 instructors in Italy

WBSC certifies 54 Baseball5 instructors in Italy
27/07/2020
The course was divided into four modules. A total of 54 individuals, selected by the Italian Baseball Softball Federation Coach and Umpire Commissions, attended the webinar.
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Argentina baseball, softball leaders join forces to develop Baseball5 across country and form National Teams

Argentina baseball, softball leaders join forces to develop Baseball5 across country and form National Teams
21/07/2020
The governing bodies of baseball and softball have agreed to work together to spread the new WBSC urban discipline in the South American nation and jointly form the Baseball5 Argentina national teams.
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Debut of Baseball5 at Youth Olympic Games postponed as next YOG shifted from 2022 to 2026

Debut of Baseball5 at Youth Olympic Games postponed as next YOG shifted from 2022 to 2026
15/07/2020
The inclusion of Baseball5 as a medal event on the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) sports programme showcases the sport’s youth appeal and is an unprecedented development opportunity to grow the game across Africa, but Baseball5’s YOG debut will have to wait until 2026.
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Zimbabwe growing the game in country & Africa with young urban Baseball5 discipline

Zimbabwe growing the game in country & Africa with young urban Baseball5 discipline
08/07/2020
A total of 40 baseball and softball coaches have been trained in the new discipline. "Easy to promote, you need only a ball and space," said Zimbabwe Baseball Association President Morris Banda.
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WBSC holds video conference with 18 nations across Africa

WBSC holds video conference with 18 nations across Africa
23/06/2020
Growing baseball, softball and strong National Teams across the African continent is one of the main priorities of world governing body WBSC.
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Honouring Olympic Day: WBSC launches training videos to stay active

Honouring Olympic Day: WBSC launches training videos to stay active
23/06/2020
A stay strong, stay active workout video series has been launched on Olympic Day on the WBSC's YouTube Channel. Part II will be published on Thursday, 25 June, while Part III will be shown on Monday, 29 June.
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Cuba Baseball5 national team preliminary roster to remain unchanged after postponement of World Cup

Cuba Baseball5 national team preliminary roster to remain unchanged after postponement of World Cup
17/06/2020
A youth national tournament will be held in February to select the Cuban youth national team to compete in international competition.
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WBSC Executive Board conducts second online meeting in three months

WBSC Executive Board conducts second online meeting in three months
11/06/2020
The meeting began with the commemoration of WBSC co-founder Don Porter. President Riccardo Fraccari addressed the need to adapt to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board revised the 2020 calendar.
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WBSC Executive Board postpones Baseball5 World Cups to June 2021

WBSC Executive Board postpones Baseball5 World Cups to June 2021
11/06/2020
The world governing body acknowledged the difficulties of organizing the qualifying events amid the COVID-19 outbreak. France, Lithuania and hosts Mexico are the National Teams that have qualified so far for the Baseball5 World Cup while Mexico, as hosts, is the only team to have qualified for the Youth Baseball5 World Cup to date.
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WBSC shares IOC goal of gender equality on and off the field

WBSC shares IOC goal of gender equality on and off the field
02/06/2020
A total of 47.7 percent of positions across the 30 IOC commissions are now held by women. Members include WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen and Commission Member Yumilka Ruiz.
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WBSC runs Baseball5 webinars for development in Africa

WBSC runs Baseball5 webinars for development in Africa
29/05/2020
Four online courses brought together officials and coaches from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
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WBSC issues guidelines for a safe return of baseball/softball activity in new COVID-19 world

WBSC issues guidelines for a safe return of baseball/softball activity in new COVID-19 world
28/05/2020
Recommendations have been set in accordance with the World Health Organization’s guidance for large sporting events, as baseball and softball bodies, leagues and other stakeholders plan their return to action.
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Federation Focus: Australian baseball is thriving from youth to pro levels

Federation Focus: Australian baseball is thriving from youth to pro levels
22/05/2020
Baseball was introduced in Australia in the 1850s by gold miners. We look at how it evolved, leading to the current Australian Baseball League and the discovery of Baseball5.
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New baseball-softball federation established in Bulgaria following merger

New baseball-softball federation established in Bulgaria following merger
21/05/2020
The two governing bodies had split in 1998. Youri Alkalay has been named the president of the newly established Bulgarian Baseball and Softball Federation.
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WBSC online scoring workshop attracts worldwide audience

WBSC online scoring workshop attracts worldwide audience
20/05/2020
Over 200 scorers from all over the world participated in the two virtual sessions offered by the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
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Federation Focus: Zambia Baseball Softball Association spreading game with Baseball5 and int'l support

Federation Focus: Zambia Baseball Softball Association spreading game with Baseball5 and int'l support
30/04/2020
Softball was introduced to the country in the early 1970s by foreign workers in the Copper Belt Province. Baseball came in the 1980s thanks to Cuban medical doctors. Activity had almost ceased in the country before WBSC introduced Baseball5 in early 2019.
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Zambia taking steps to introduce Baseball5 across nation's schools

Zambia taking steps to introduce Baseball5 across nation's schools
30/04/2020
Baseball5 is quickly catching on in Zambia and has the potential to help baseball and softball grow into one of the world's major global sports.
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WBSC aims to develop baseball and softball into one of the biggest sports in the world

WBSC aims to develop baseball and softball into one of the biggest sports in the world
20/04/2020
While the majority of sports activities around the world are on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the WBSC takes a look at its development activities which are central to the organisation in terms of growing the sport of baseball softball around the world.
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Baseball5 World Cup: Africa embracing Baseball5 opportunity

Baseball5 World Cup: Africa embracing Baseball5 opportunity
16/04/2020
The Baseball5 World Cup, due to be held in Mexico at the end of the year, is an important step to the Youth Olympics Dakar 2022, where Baseball5 is included for the first time.
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Baseball5: New 5-on-5 version of Baseball/Softball could explode in Argentina

Baseball5: New 5-on-5 version of Baseball/Softball could explode in Argentina
15/04/2020
Baseball5 was widely introduced in Argentina on the sidelines of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, attracting people to try it while impressing spectators.
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Baseball5 climbing new heights in Australia: Uluru pitched as one of six locations for national championship

Baseball5 climbing new heights in Australia: Uluru pitched as one of six locations for national championship
14/04/2020
Baseball Australia is planning to hold its first-ever Baseball5 National Championship from 17 to 19 July 2020 and went creative when pitching potential locations.
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Baseball5 World Cup: WBSC discusses qualification process with Africa

Baseball5 World Cup: WBSC discusses qualification process with Africa
09/04/2020
Baseball5 is the urban version of baseball/softball. The fast-pace, low-cost and accessibility of the discipline is its greatest strength.
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Baseball5 featured on 'New Passion' TV show in Colombia

Baseball5 featured on 'New Passion' TV show in Colombia
31/03/2020
The new five-on-five version of baseball/softball is continuing to grow in popularity around the world.
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Home alone? Try these indoor baseball-softball drills

Home alone? Try these indoor baseball-softball drills
27/03/2020
If you are having a tough time finding ways to practice and sharpen your baseball-softball skills, here's a very effective 75-minute session that can be organised at home using two tennis balls and a glove.
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Video: WBSC Coach Commission Members, Instructors reach out to players, fans, officials amid COVID-19 pandemic

Video: WBSC Coach Commission Members, Instructors reach out to players, fans, officials amid COVID-19 pandemic
26/03/2020
The COVID-19 emergency is keeping people apart, but we need to act united, as a family, say WBSC "Study this opponent" recommends Rafi Colon, a WBSC Coach Commission member, "follow the rules, be ready".


Baseball5 showcased on public TV in Panama, adding further visibility to the global sport

Baseball5 showcased on public TV in Panama, adding further visibility to the global sport
04/03/2020
Panama public broadcaster, Sistema Estatal de Radio y Televisión (SERTV, "State Radio and Television System"), covered the nation's first Baseball5 competition.
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Africa: Baseball, softball set to expand in Tanzania

Africa: Baseball, softball set to expand in Tanzania
03/03/2020
It's the sixth country to join a programme built by the WBSC Development Commission and the African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA) as a result of the WBSC African Baseball Summit 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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France are the first Baseball5 European champions

France are the first Baseball5 European champions
02/03/2020
Finalists France and Lithuania had already qualified for the first Baseball5 World Cup, scheduled for December by reaching the final on Saturday, since the European Championship offered two tickets to Mexico.
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Baseball5 European Championship: Lithuania, France qualify for Baseball5 World Cup

Baseball5 European Championship: Lithuania, France qualify for Baseball5 World Cup
29/02/2020
The Baseball5 European Championship is the first continental Baseball5 championship and therefore, the first qualifier for the inaugural Baseball5 World Cup.
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Federation Focus: Baseball5 gives new impetus to development in Tunisia

Federation Focus: Baseball5 gives new impetus to development in Tunisia
28/02/2020
Tunisia was the first Arabic country to play baseball and lived its golden age in the 1980s but suffered a crisis in the early 1990s. Thanks to the introduction of Baseball5, the federation is now making a comeback.
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Baseball5 European Championship: First World Cup qualifier on the go in Lithuania

Baseball5 European Championship: First World Cup qualifier on the go in Lithuania
28/02/2020
The European Championship is the first qualifying event to the inaugural Baseball5 World Cup, to be held in Mexico in December. Europe will qualify two National Teams. Quarterfinals and semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, 29 February. The championship game is scheduled on Sunday, 1 March at noon
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WBSC publishes new Baseball5 Rulebook as game’s popularity soars internationally

WBSC publishes new Baseball5 Rulebook as game’s popularity soars internationally
24/02/2020
The rapid global expansion of baseball and softball’s new five-on-five urban discipline has pushed the evolution and standardization of the new rules, optimizing Baseball5 for further growth.
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Cuba selects 16 players for Baseball5 World Cup preliminary roster

Cuba selects 16 players for Baseball5 World Cup preliminary roster
24/02/2020
The eight men and eight women all earned their spot thanks to standout performances during the National Championship in December. National Baseball5 Coordinator Eros Bernal has been named Chief Technical Officer.
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Manager Maurizio Balla announces Italian National Team for Baseball5 Euros

Manager Maurizio Balla announces Italian National Team for Baseball5 Euros
21/02/2020
Balla is a member of the Italian National Federation Coach-Commission and a Physical Education Teacher. His selection is made of baseball and softball top prospects.
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Bulgaria wins Balkan Baseball5 Championship

Bulgaria wins Balkan Baseball5 Championship
19/02/2020
The hosts defeated Romania in the final while Serbia finished third ahead of Moldova.
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Media set to boost Baseball5 exposure in Tunisia following workshop led by FTBS

Media set to boost Baseball5 exposure in Tunisia following workshop led by FTBS
14/02/2020
A total of 12 journalists participated in a course held by WBSC Continental Instructor Chedli Mokrani. Saber Jlajla, the President of the Tunisia Baseball and Softball Federation commented: "They can be of great support to our strategy and maximize the visibility of the new sport"
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Baseball5 thrives in Bulgaria

Baseball5 thrives in Bulgaria
11/02/2020
The first National Title will be awarded on 16 February. Sofia will host the first indoor Balkan Open
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First Baseball5 European Championship starts on 28 February

First Baseball5 European Championship starts on 28 February
10/02/2020
Sixteen National Teams, divided into four groups, will fight for the first-ever Baseball5 European title
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WBSC president meets with Serbian Olympic leaders in global push to grow baseball, softball

WBSC president meets with Serbian Olympic leaders in global push to grow baseball, softball
06/02/2020
The WBSC leader met with Serbia’s high-ranking sporting officials and the Novi Sad mayor alongside the presidents of the Serbian Baseball Federation and the Serbian Softball Federation. Targets include a new national baseball/softball facility and the introduction of five-on-five Baseball5.
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WBSC President Fraccari Op-Ed: Baseball5 can help strengthen the Olympic Movement, take sport to new places

WBSC President Fraccari Op-Ed: Baseball5 can help strengthen the Olympic Movement, take sport to new places
05/02/2020
President Riccardo Fraccari reflects on the World Baseball Softball Confederation’s hottest property -- Baseball5 -- and the benefits it offers all countries around the world, as well as its incredible journey, culminating with its recent inclusion in the Sports Programme of the Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
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Continental quota confirmed for Baseball5 World Cup & Youth Baseball5 World Cup

Continental quota confirmed for Baseball5 World Cup & Youth Baseball5 World Cup
23/01/2020
A deadline of 15 February has been set for the WBSC Continental Associations to confirm their respective qualification process for the Baseball5 World Cups 2020.
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More Youth Centers to play Baseball5 in Tunisia

More Youth Centers to play Baseball5 in Tunisia
21/01/2020
Mondher Hali, the Technical Director of the National Baseball and Softball Federation, instructed 15 leaders during the clinic.
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Baseball5 French Open: Huge success in Paris

Baseball5 French Open: Huge success in Paris
20/01/2020
The popularity of Baseball5 in France continues to surpass expectations, ever since the country opened the first ever dedicated Baseball5 venue in Europe in 2018.
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5-on-5 Baseball5 lands in Serbia, pushing growth in Europe

5-on-5 Baseball5 lands in Serbia, pushing growth in Europe
17/01/2020
The National Softball Federation organised a camp and a three-team tournament in Zlatibor.
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More than 600 kids experience Baseball5 in India

More than 600 kids experience Baseball5 in India
09/01/2020
Baseball5 has been introduced in almost 70 nations around the world.
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Baseball5 added to Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 sports programme

Baseball5 added to Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022 sports programme
08/01/2020
Baseball5’s inclusion on the Sports Programme was approved during an IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Baseball5’s inclusion will be the first time baseball softball features at a Youth Olympic Games and it will also be the first Olympic team sport to feature mixed-gender teams.
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2019: A Year of Firsts - Gender equality, technology and innovation

2019: A Year of Firsts - Gender equality, technology and innovation
31/12/2019
Gender equality, technology and innovation headlined the Year of Firsts for the World Baseball Softball Confederation in 2019.
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First Baseball5 World Cup qualifiers confirmed for April in Malaysia

First Baseball5 World Cup qualifiers confirmed for April in Malaysia
28/12/2019
The countdown to the first ever WBSC Baseball5 World Cup has begun. The WBSC Asia Baseball5 Commission has invited all Asian members to participate in the Asian Cup Baseball5, both for open age and U-15 categories.
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