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Softball to be featured at World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama

April 16, 2018

BANGKOK, Thailand - -  Softball to be featured at World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama

World Baseball Softball Confederation, Maison du Sport International, Av. de Rhodanie 54, Lausanne, 1007 Switzerland
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Softball to be featured at World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama
BANGKOK, Thailand -- 16 April 2018 -- Softball will be one of 30 sports on the official programme of the World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) leaders welcomed the decision taken today by the International World Games Association (IWGA) at the IWGA Annual General Meeting.
All 37 international sports federations that are members of the IWGA, including WBSC, applied to have their sports featured at the World Games 2021 Birmingham, where approximately 3,600 athletes from over 100 countries are expected to compete, according to the IWGA.
Staged every four years and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Games is a multi-sport showcase of non- and potential future Olympic sports. Softball was part of the inaugural World Games 1981 in Santa Clara (CA), USA, and last featured at the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia.
WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said:

"WBSC is honoured by IWGA's decision. Inclusion in multi-sports platforms like the World Games and the Olympic Games -- sport's biggest stage -- is key to WBSC's strategic plan to showcase and grow baseball/softball globally.
"Building upon softball's Olympic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the World Games 2021 in Birmingham will be another important international platform for softball athletes to shine on.
"And with our sport's popularity and fan bases in the host nation and worldwide, we will do everything we can to help further grow the World Games brand."
Baseball/softball is the national sport in many countries across the world, making the bat-and-ball sport an appealing asset to multi-sport organisations and hosts.
WBSC will review the qualification system for the World Games 2021 Birmingham.
World sport leaders are currently gathered in Bangkok for the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) annual SportAccord Convention.
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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 Cups, 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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