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National Teams revealed for 2017 WBSC Men's Softball World Championship

March 24, 2017

Whitehorse, Canada - -  National Teams revealed for 2017 WBSC Men's Softball World Championship

20 Countries will Compete at 2017 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 24 March 2017

 
NATIONAL TEAMS REVEALED FOR 2017 WBSC MEN'S SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 

Global Expansion: India and Turkey to debut on men's softball world stage
 
WHITEHORSE, Canada -- Marking just over 100 days until the start of the 2017 WBSC Men's Softball World Championship, the World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the nations that will compete in the men's softball flagship event.

A near record-high of 20 nations -- the second largest in the event's history -- will be present for the 15th Men's Softball World Championship, which will be held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada from 7-16 July.

The highest competition in men's softball will bring together the world's top men's softball athletes from all five Olympic regions:

Africa (2): World No. 19 Botswana, No. 14 South Africa
Americas (7): No. 3 Argentina, No. 4 Canada, No. 11 Dominican Republic, No. 18 Guatemala, No. 9 Mexico, No. 6 United States, No. 7 Venezuela
Asia (4): Hong Kong, India, No. 20 Indonesia, No. 2 Japan
Europe (5): No. 8 Czech Republic, No. 13 Denmark, No. 10 Great Britain, No. 21 Israel, Turkey
Oceania (2): No. 5 Australia, No. 1 New Zealand

India and Turkey will be making their historic debuts in the men's world championship.

"The large field of teams competing in this year's Men's World Championship reflects the popularity and reach of softball across all regions and genders of the world. With all the Top 10 WBSC ranked men's national teams participating, games will be thrilling and action packed," said WBSC Softball Division President Dale McMann.

As hosts, Canada is looking to defend their world title after capturing the title in 2015, their first since 1992.

The Black Sox from New Zealand -- have won six total men's world championships -- took home the silver in 2015. South America's Venezuela claimed the bronze.

INTERNATIONAL SELECTION OF UMPIRES

WBSC has appointed 24 umpires from 15 countries from all corners of the world to officiate in the 15th WBSC Men's Softball World Championship.

The umpiring staff will rein from Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Africa, USA, and Venezuela.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LEGACY

The world championship in Whitehorse will be the first time Yukon hosts an elite men's event, however, Yukon has hosted three previous world championships - the Junior Men's World Softball Championship in 2008 and 2014, as well as the 2012 Women's World Softball Championship.

"We hope the exciting and fast-paced games at the 2017 Championship will inspire residents to take up the sport of softball, as well as inspire young athletes already enjoying softball to keep striving for a higher level," said Executive Director of Softball Yukon, George Arcand.

For information on tickets, visit 2017mensworldsoftball.com.
 
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Contact: media@wbsc.org@WBSC 
 
WBSC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

World Baseball Classic
3 to 22 March #WBC2017

WBSC Men's Softball World Championship
Whitehorse, Canada - 7 to 16 Jul #2017MWC

WBSC U-19 Junior Women's Softball World Championship
Clearwater, FL, USA - 24 to 30 Jul #2017JWWC

WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
Tainan, Chinese Taipei - 28 Jul to 6 Aug #U12WorldCup

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
Thunder Bay, Canada - 1 to 10 Sept #U18WorldCup
 
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 
 
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org
 
 
 
 
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