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Feb '09 04

Organizing Committee of Baseball World Cup to meet on Friday

by IBAF, www.ibaf.org

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the Local Organizing committees (LOC’s) of Italy, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Czech, Spain and Russia will meet this Friday in Frankfurt, Germany to finalize plans for this September’s Baseball World Cup. Final venue and ticketing plans, media coverage, new media planning and credentialing and player rosters are all expected to be discussed during the meeting, with an announcement on next steps to follow on Monday.

“As we have already seen with our German ticket-sales and with the interest in Italy, the excitement for the Baseball World Cup is building, and this meeting will give us the perfect opportunity to get all our venues up to speed so that we can have the best possible event this fall,” said IBAF Secretary General John Ostermeyer.

First round games will be held in Moscow, Prague, Sundbyberg (Stockholm), Regensburg, Germany and Barcelona Spain starting on September 9. The second round will be split between Italy and the Netherlands, while the final round will be in Italy on September 27. In total, 22 nations will compete for the coveted world championship.

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