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  • Seven new members join WBSC family


    11/21/19

    The WBSC welcomed seven new members to its family during a dynamic 3rd World Congress held in Sakai, Japan on Thursday.

    The new members (listed below) were unanimously voted in by the WBSC Congress, bringing the total number of WBSC member federations to 200 plus 13 associate members:

    Bermuda Baseball
    Laos Baseball
    Benin Baseball & Softball
    Bangladesh Baseball & Softball
    Palestine Baseball & Softball
    Egypt Baseball & Softball
    Kosovo Baseball & Softball

    The Nauru Federation was earlier elected out of the office following a recommendation by their NOC on the grounds of inactivity.

    A total of 330 delegates representing 138 member organizations (including associate members) from 97 countries and regions attended the 2019 WBSC Congress, which received a presentation from the Italian Association Baseball Played From Blind providing federations with a Paralympic opportunity going forward. WBSC also offered to support any federations willing to proceed in this direction.

    The WBSC Congress finished with its Annual Awards as per the following:

    Category
    Year
    Name
    Country
    Player
    2019
    Hikaru Matsuda
    JPN
    Player
    2018
    Haylie Ann McCleney
    USA
    Coach
    2019
    Julio Ismael Gamarci
    ARG
    Coach
    2018
    Kenneth Scott Eriksen
    USA
    Umpire
    2019
    David Selden III
    USA
    Umpire
    2018
    Kyira Cox
    AUS
    Federation
    2019
    China
    CHN
    Federation
    2018
    Mexico
    MEX

    The other top news from the 2019 WBSC Congress in Sakai, Japan was:

    WBSC President Fraccari: "We are a fantastic sporting family
    WBSC Softball Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class
    Sadaharu Oh announces 2020 Girl's Baseball clinic
    Kato, Kumazaki receive WBSC Order of the Honour Award, McMann accepts Order of the Golden Diamond
    Tokyo 2020: WBSC working very close with the IOC
    The WBSC Development Commission funded 75 projects in 2018, 2019
    Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games highlight a year full of global events
    Hideki Nagafuji, Mayor of Sakai City: "It's a great honour to host this Congress"
    Empowering Federations - WBSC Open Workshops a great success

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