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WBSC Newsletter - 26 Oct 2017

October 26, 2017

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WBSC Newsletter - 26 October 2017
WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year

Representatives from 17 nations were honoured at the WBSC Congress Gala held in the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana.

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14 new members from 7 nations inducted into WBSC Softball Hall of Fame

Fourteen new members -- including Olympic medallists, umpires and coaches -- from seven nations and four continents were elected into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.

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WBSC adds Congo, St Maarten and Tanzania as newest members as baseball/softball continue global expansion

National baseball/softball governing bodies have been established in three new breakthrough territories: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Sint Maarten.

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Global Sport: WBSC President Fraccari speaks with radio giant RFI on importance of Africa

WBSC's mission is to grow from an emerging global sport of 200 million fan and athletes to a major global sport of 1 billion over the next decade, and this is not possible without Africa, Fraccari tells RFI.

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Highest Recognition: Don Porter awarded WBSC Collar of Honour

Don Porter was awarded the WBSC Collar of Honour, the world governing body's supreme recognition of those who made a major impact on the success and globalisation of the game.

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Puerto Rico's Tommy Velazquez elected new Chairman of the WBSC Softball Division

Puerto Rico's Tommy Velazquez has been elected the new Chairman of WBSC Softball Division. Velazquez is also the president of the Pan American Softball Confederation (CONPASA) and Puerto Rican Softball Federation.

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WBSC signs IWG Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration in support of Women in Sport

As the world governing body of one of the most gender-balanced sports movements, WBSC is proud to partner with IWG to make baseball and softball even more inclusive and accessible to girls and women, including in roles of leadership.

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New Baseball and Softball leaders elected at WBSC Congress

New executives board members were elected to the WBSC Baseball Division and WBSC Softball Division. The new leadership is aiming for Paris 2024 and to grow the sport to 1 billion people.

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WBSC adds Venezuela Pro League LVBP, PONY and USSSA in push to 1 billion community

WBSC membership now includes 202 National Federations and Associate Members in 143 countries
and territories worldwide.

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Japan Softball, JICA helping to grow the sport in Africa with latest donation at WBSC Congress

The Japan Softball Association (JSA) distributed thousands of dollars worth of softball equipment to 14 African National Federations at the WBSC Congress. News outlets report: "Baseball/softball beginning to emerge in Africa".

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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 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 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).
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