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Softball South Africa named country's Sports Federation of the Year in boost for Olympic Baseball Softball

November 29, 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland - -   Softball South Africa named country's Sports Federation of the Year in boost for Olympic Baseball Softball  

World Baseball Softball Confederation, Maison du Sport International, Av. de Rhodanie 54, Lausanne, 1007 Switzerland
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Softball South Africa named country's Sports Federation of the Year in boost for Olympic Baseball Softball  
"This recognition by South Africa's highest-ranking sporting leaders shows how baseball and softball continue to break new ground in Africa and evolve into a major global sport that will add value to the Olympic programme wherever the Games are staged." - Riccardo Fraccari, WBSC President
Softball South Africa (SSA) has been named South Africa's 2018 National Federation of the Year -- the highest distinction a National Sports Federation can achieve in the country under Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
Softball, roller sports and gymnastics were the three finalists in the category of National Federation of the Year at the 13th Annual South African Sports Awards in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The top federation award is based "on growing and developing sport in schools in the Republic of South Africa," recognising softball's universal popularity and appeal to young people, which has been given a recent boost in South Africa -- and around the world -- due to baseball and softball's upcoming Olympic return at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
"This is a historic milestone for softball in South Africa," said SSA President Mashilo Matsetela. "Even as the world becomes more digital, the sport of softball continues to appeal to both young people and school officials in South Africa and worldwide because it's a stimulating activity that promotes leadership skills and teamwork within the same environment."  
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari said: 
"Congratulations to Softball South Africa and President Matsetela. This tremendous honour reflects SSA's successful strategy to target youth and grow the sport of softball in South Africa.
"Having held the WBSC Congress in Botswana last year, where softball is hugely popular, we are delighted to see that enthusiasm for the sport is spreading to neighbouring South 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 208 National Federation and Associate Members in 135 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 Premier12, World Baseball Classic, Baseball World Cups, Softball World Cups and Softball World Championships, as well as baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games.

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
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