Press Release International Baseball Federation, www.ibaf.org
Lausanne, Switzerland – The IBAF today introduced key members of President Fraccari’s executive to IOC President Jacque Rogge and IOC Sports Department Director Christophe Dubi at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne. The meeting is the first official meeting between the two organizations since the inauguration of President Fraccari and his Executive at the end of 2009. Accompanying President Fraccari (ITA) for the IBAF included 3rd Vice President Antonio Castro (CUB), Secretary General Israel Roldan (PUR), Treasurer Rene Laforce (BEL) and the Executive Director Roberto Fabbricini (ITA).
The meeting provided the group the opportunity to introduce a number of key issues to the IOC President such as the activities of the organization during the first year of their elected mandate, the structure of the IBAF administration (and how they relate to Olympic movement), and finally the IBAF’s ambition to be reinstated onto the Olympic Programme. Key items introduced include;
- An overview of baseball development and the organizations participating in the growth of the game globally including internationally active youth baseball organizations such as Little League, Pony Baseball & Babe Ruth Baseball in conjunction with professional baseball and their relationship to the recently re-activated IBAF development commission.
- The strengthened relationship with professional baseball, including the United States based Major League Baseball, Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, Korea’s KBO and Chinese Taipei’s CPBL. The confirmed support of professional baseball to the Olympic Ideals and baseballs place as a medal sport in the Olympic Games. In conjunction with this, the proposed plans to overhaul and develop the tournament structure in future IBAF Competitions
- The continued presence of anti-doping in the baseball landscape, including the ‘Zero Positive’ results over the course of the 2010 IBAF tournament schedule despite extensive in-and-out of competition testing. Also of importance, the IBAF anti-doping education program and its role in IBAF non-senior level events to educate the champions of tomorrow.
- The improved presence of baseball in the process of ‘Peace and Sport’ and ‘Development through Sport’. Of particular note, IBAF participation in the recent ‘Peace and Sport’ conference, and the planned development through sport project in Columbia.
- The growing success of Women’s baseball, most notably the recent Women’s Baseball World Cup in Venezuela, including capacity crowds and tournament fan totals over 200,000.
The ‘Olympic Reinstatement’ campaign will be introduced to the global sports community during the upcoming Sport Accord Convention, to be held in London at the beginning of April. The event will also provide a forum for a follow up meeting between the IBAF and the IOC to reinforce the topics presented at today’s meeting.
About the International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
Founded in 1938, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is a non-governmental organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering men’s and women’s baseball at the world level. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland – the Olympic Capital – and counting 125 National Member Federations, the IBAF organizes the IBAF Men’s and Women’s Baseball World Cup, the AAA (18U) and AA (16U) World Championships, the Olympic Games Baseball Tournament, and it sanctions the World Baseball Classic, among other international baseball tournaments. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball around the world. For more information, please visit IBAF.org.