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May '15 16

WBSC, KBO to make Announcements regarding Premier 12 next Wednesday



by WBSC Baseball Division, www.ibaf.org

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — WBSC and KBO — South Korea’s top sports league — will make a series of exciting announcements on Wednesday, 20 May in Seoul, South Korea regarding the inaugural 2015 WBSC Premier12™ (Pro National Team Baseball Championship) that will be staged from 8-21 November in Taiwan and Japan.

Leading the announcements will be the world body president, WBSC’s Riccardo Fraccari, and Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) League Secretary General Yang Hae-young.

-New flagship location in Japan to be revealed

A new Premier12 location in Japan that has been added to the lineup of world-class flagship venues — which includes the iconic 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome — will be announced.

-Groups and two Opening match-ups to be announced

The “Premier12” countries — the 12 top-ranked nations in the world — will be divided into two groups and learn who their opponents will be for the First Round of action.

The two opening match-ups that will kick off the tournament — Game 1 on November 8 in Japan and Game 2 on November 9 in Taiwan — will be unveiled.

-KBO role in the Premier12

Announcements will also be made on the role of KBO in the Premier12 and showcasing the new elite-level National Team international baseball tournament, particularly as additional events are being weighed for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

-World No. 8 South Korea path to Premier12

Leadership of KBO, a WBSC Member, will outline the South Korean National Team’s road to the global event that will unite baseball’s 12 highest-ranked nations this November.

-New video teaser

The first-ever showing of a new Premier12 teaser video will also be presented.

-Follow via Social Media (10:00a Korea Standard Time, UTC/GMT +9 hours)

Fans worldwide can visit twitter.com/wbsc and/or facebook.com/WorldBaseballSoftball for updates and real-time coverage of the press conference from Seoul – Official hashtag #Premier12.




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