Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation, www.wbsco.co
“The Sur Baja California authorities have ambitious plans for raising the profile of sport, connecting with youth in the region, as well as promoting La Paz’s status as a commercial and cultural center, and it is a great honour that the sport of baseball is considered as one of the vehicles to drive this community development.” – WBSC Co-President, Riccardo Fraccari
LAUSANNE (SUI) – The hosting rights for the second U15 Baseball World Cup in 2014 have been awarded to the Mexican city of La Paz, in Sur Baja California, in a bid assembled by the Mexican Baseball Federation (FEMEBE) in collaboration with the Mexican state of Sur Baja California and the municipality of La Paz.
12 national teams will come together for the U15 Baseball World Cup, which will take shape in the form of a double round-robin over ten days, in the tourist city that sits on the Sea of Cortez.
Two international standard competition venues will be used for the U15 world championship, with opening and closing ceremonies and medal matches centering around La Paz’s completely renovated and modernised Arturo C. Nahl Stadium, which was re-inaugurated last February.
FEMEBE’s successful bid marks the second consecutive occasion in which the U15 Baseball World Cup will be celebrated in Mexico.
Fifteen national selections (in order of final standings: 1. VEN, 2. CUB , 3. TPE, 4. MEX, 5. BRA, 6. NCA, 7. HON, 8. ARG, 9. ARU, 10. ITA, 11. GER, 12. HKG, 13. UKR, 14. LTU, 15. INA) gathered for the inaugural U15 Baseball World Cup that was staged in Chihuahua, Mexico in 2012.
The first edition of U15 Baseball World Cup marked historic precedents for both Indonesia and Ukraine, as it was the first-ever entrance to a baseball world championship for each of the two countries.
“FEMEBE continues to be a strong partner and activator for our sport in pivotal youth categories, like the U15. I congratulate our colleagues on a successful bid and am fully confident La Paz will deliver an experience of a lifetime for these young athletes,” said WBSC co-President, Riccardo Fraccari.
“The Sur Baja California authorities have ambitious plans for raising the profile of sport and connecting with youth in the region, as well as promoting La Paz’s status as a commercial and cultural center, and it is a great honour that the sport of baseball is considered as one of the vehicles to drive this community development.
“The 2014 U15 Baseball World Cup promises to be an excellent showpiece with a sustainable legacy for baseball and for the local community,” Fraccari expressed.
The announcement on the U15 Baseball World Cup follows a recent wave of hosting rights awards:
- 2014 Women’s Baseball World Cup — Miyazaki, JPN
- 2016 Women’s Softball World Championship — Surrey, BC, CAN
- 2016 U19 Men’s Softball World Championship — Midland, MI, USA
- 2017 Men’s Softball World Championship — Whitehorse, YK, CAN