Baseball and softball leaders from approximately 100 countries are currently in Botswana to participate in the II WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress (WBSC), which opened last this week in Gaborone.
In addition to WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball elections, key agenda items include reviews of the Olympic baseball and softball qualifying system/format, the WBSC Constitution, new applicants for WBSC membership, as well as the awarding of hosting rights for future Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships.
Hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) by the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) in conjunction with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), the official WBSC Congress general programme will begin Thursday, 12 October and conclude on Saturday, 14 October, involving delegates and high-ranking decision-makers from over 130 WBSC National Federations and Associate Members.
“The World Baseball Softball Congress is an important gathering of baseball’s and softball’s leaders to discuss and shape the future direction and international expansion of our global sport,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “WBSC is grateful to the Botswana Softball Association and the Botswana National Sports Commission for welcoming the World Baseball Softball family to the great city of Gaborone. “Elections will be held for positions within WBSC Baseball and WBSC Softball:WBSC Baseball: There are 15 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 14 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Panama, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United States of America. WBSC Softball: There are 22 nominated candidates for seven available posts; the candidates represent 16 countries and territories, including Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Turkey, United States of America and Venezuela.
The WBSC Congress agenda also includes meetings of the WBSC Executive Board, the WBSC Baseball Executive Committee, the WBSC Softball Board of Directors, the Continental Baseball and Softball Confederations, the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS), and various Commissions.
HOSTING AND AWARDS
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup, U-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
WBSC will announce the following award winners (2014-2017):
National Federation of the Year
Baseball Player of the Year
Softball Player of the Year
National Team Baseball Coach of the Year
National Team Softball Coach of the Year
New members will also be inducted into the WBSC Softball Hall of Fame.