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Sep '08 11

IBAF to announce groups for first round of World Cup on Friday

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by press release, International Baseball Federation, ibaf.org

IBAF to announce groups for first round of 2009 Baseball World Cup

22-team tournament to be broken into five groups, across five European countries

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) will host its third press conference in a series of updates on the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup to be competed across Europe, Sept. 9-27, 2009.

The IBAF will announce the make-up of the five preliminary round groups, and in what European country each of the tournament’s 22 teams will compete.  The groups will contain four teams each, for a total of 20 teams, and the other two teams – second round hosts, Italy and Netherlands – will receive byes to the next round.

The press conference, which will be held at the Regensburg Old Town Hall, will be hosted by television anchor Matthias Wolk and will feature John Ostermeyer, IBAF Secretary General and IBAF Executive Committee members Martin Miller and Riccardo Fraccari, as well as the City of Regensburg’s Major Joachim Wolbergs, the German Baseball Federation’s Vice President Juergen Elsishans, and the Regensburg Club’s Armin Zimmerman.

Also to be announced will be updates on planned improvements for Armin Wolf Arena in Regensburg, which will play host to one of the five groups in the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup first round competition.

WHO: The International Baseball Federation (IBAF)

WHAT: Announcement of first round groups for the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup

WHEN: September 12, 2009; 12:00 p.m. (local, CEST)

Regensburg Old Town Hall
Rathausplatz 4
D-93047 Regensburg

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