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Apr '13 06

Baseball-Softball to launch 2020 Olympic Games Campaign & Historic new Federation in Tokyo on April 14

Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation

The international baseball and softball governing bodies will make a major announcement regarding the bid for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games at a media conference in Tokyo on 14 April. Details of a new combined baseball and softball federation to govern and take the sport forward in the 21st century will also be announced. The announcements will be of interest to legions of baseball and softball fans, senior and junior players and clubs and competitions worldwide. For further information please see below.



Riccardo Fraccari, President, International Baseball Federation

Don Porter, President, International Softball Federation

Ryozo Kato, Commissioner, Nippon Professional Baseball

Antonio Castro, Vice President, International Baseball Federation

Guests from Baseball and Softball


Press Conference: The IBAF-ISF will ratify the Constitution of the new World Baseball Softball Confederation in Tokyo and launch the 2020 Olympics Baseball- Softball campaign, unveiling of the official logo, slogan and campaign theme.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

4:00 p.m. (local time)


The XXVII IBAF Ordinary Congress

The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Hiten Hall


Media Credential request

Media Credentials can be collected at the IBAF media reception desk located at lobby of Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa on April 13 – 14.


The IBAF Congress will be open to the Media beginning at 8:00 a.m. Some of the agenda items may be closed to the Media. Media representatives are requested to follow instructions of onsite staff.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

Formed under the authority and merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), the World Baseball Softball Confederation has been established to provide a unified voice and governance for all disciplines of Softball and Baseball throughout the world.

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