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WBSC Global Newsletter - July 2020

August 1, 2020

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July 2020


Baseball, softball world governing body WBSC opens permanent headquarters in Switzerland to stay close to the Olympic Movement


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) officially opened its new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Olympic capital city of Lausanne. The new headquarters have been named "Home Plate" and is owned and operated by the WBSC. The new WBSC headquarters meets many of the world governing body's sustainability goals with 90% of the building's electricity coming from roof top solar panels.

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WBSC Headquarters: New chapter in history, exciting future for global baseball, softball

International baseball and softball has now its own, permanent headquarters in Pully, a suburb in the Olympic capital Lausanne, Switzerland. The new WBSC HQ, called Home Plate, will be the base where Baseball and Softball World Cups are planned and from where all international competitions will be monitored and sanctioned.

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WBSC's new green headquarters reflects organisation's vision to be sustained on Olympic programme

WBSC's commitment to sustainability has been further enhanced following the official opening of its new headquarters. 'Home Plate' is an exemplar of sustainable development which has been designed to meet many of WBSC's sustainability goals and respect the guidelines set forth in Olympic Agenda 2020.

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Baseball-softball leaders applaud milestone of WBSC's permanent HQ in Switzerland as social media reacts

National Federations and international sports organizations from around the globe congratulated baseball and softball's new global headquarters located in the heart of the Olympic Movement.

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One month since Don Porter's passing marked with tree ceremony at new WBSC Headquarters

On Monday 6 July, on the occasion of the official inauguration of the new WBSC Headquarters in Pully, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach joined WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari in planting a tree - a magnolia evergreen - to honour Porter's memory and legacy.

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Next chapter of international baseball-softball's amazing journey starts in Switzerland

The WBSC opened its new headquarters in Pully, Switzerland. Here you can find a historic account of where international baseball and softball has been based since the birth of their governing bodies.



WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen named IOC Honorary Member

Allen, a WBSC Vice President since October 2017, will be awarded the Honorary Membership and the Olympic Order medal in the IOC Session 137, scheduled for early 2021 in Athens, Greece. "On behalf of the entire World Baseball Softball Confederation, allow me to offer you my warmest and most sincere congratulations on being granted the prestigious status of Honorary IOC Member," WBSC President Fraccari said in a personal letter.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

One year to go until baseball-softball's 'spectacular' Olympic comeback: WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari op-ed


In just under a year, baseball and softball will mark their spectacular Olympic comebacks at the Tokyo 2020 Games. And although the Olympic Games have been delayed by one year, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what the future holds for baseball and softball, in general and within the Olympic framework.

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New Olympic softball schedule announced for Tokyo 2020 Games

Softball will have the honour of being the first event to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year after the Organising Committee unveiled the details of the updated Olympic softball competition schedule following the unprecedented postponement of the Summer Games to 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Softball to officially open the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Softball will be the first of 339 Olympic events contested at the Tokyo 2020 Games, with the tournament scheduled to open on 21 July 2021, two days prior to the official Opening Ceremony. The date also marks the 25th anniversary of softball's Olympic debut at the Atlanta 1996 Games.

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Mexican Olympic Softball players are training daily, submitting workout reports online

With the announcement of the new Olympic schedule, the Mexican Women's National Softball Team now has a more clear path towards the country's most important softball event in history: the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Despite the pandemic, the Mexican softball players keep training individually to get in shape ahead of Mexico's debut in the Olympic Games softball competition against Canada, on 21 July at Fukushima.

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Softball Canada head coach Mark Smith adjusts for Tokyo 2020 Olympic curveball, postponement

As soon as veteran catcher Kaleigh Rafter hit the walk off home run against Brazil that clinched an Olympic berth for Canada at the WBSC Softball Americas Olympic Qualifier last September, the team's head coach Mark Smith started planning the 11-month training period ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, aiming to win the country's first ever softball Olympic medal. However he couldn't imagine at that moment how the plans would be frustrated seven months later.

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Softball Japan coach: National Team roster could change next year for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Japan's head coach Reika Utsugi and team leader Shinsuke Yabata talked about how their squad will prepare to retain the Olympic gold medal next year. After the announcement of the Tokyo 2020 new competition schedule, Japan has established a plan for the next months.

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Italy's Erika Piancastelli on qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics: "My biggest softball memory so far"

The Modena-native catcher is the captain of the Italian National Softball Team that won the WBSC Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier on 27 July last year. "That's probably the most amazing atmosphere to be in, the pressure that we felt, the team, the opponents that we had... The whole week of the qualifiers was a huge moment for me and I'll never forget that."

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Softball Japan unveils new national team uniforms for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The Japanese Softball Association (JSA) unveiled new women's national team uniforms, which will be worn at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, when baseball and softball make their historic Olympic comebacks. The defending Olympic champions are returning to the traditional red and white colour scheme, after two years of dressing in gold and white.

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WBSC launches 'Olympic Rewind' series to celebrate Tokyo 2020 original baseball, softball schedules

In collaboration with the Olympic Channel, past Olympic baseball and softball games will be re-streamed in place of this year's postponed Games. The 'Olympic Rewind' series coincides with the original Tokyo 2020 schedule.

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WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup in Peru postponed to 2021

The WBSC, together with the Peruvian Softball Federation and the Peruvian Sports Institute (Instituto Peruano del Deporte, IPD), today announced the postponement of this year's WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup to 2021 in consideration of the global health and safety measures and travel limitations pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic.

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