3-17-2013 ISF Porter on Chavez


Hugo Chavez Was a Fan of the Game and Supported Its Olympic Reinstatement

Press Release by ISF

AUCKLAND (NZL) – With the 13th ISF Men’s World Championship currently under way here in Auckland, New Zealand, news of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez’s, passing was brought to center stage.  The Venezuelan team led a moment of silence in honor of their late President.  The Championship organizers then lowered their flag to half-mast for the duration of the tournament.


Mr. Chavez was always a supporter of Baseball and Softball and championed their return to the Olympic Games. Throughout his time as head of the Venezuelan government, he participated and supported both baseball and softball. When the ISF chose Venezuela to host the Women’s World Championship in 2011 as the first South American city to host an ISF world championship, Chavez pledged to assist.  He was also interested in establishing the World Championship venue as a regional training center for Latin America.


ISF President, Don Porter, had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Chavez several times. “During our discussions, Mr. Chavez asked how he could offer assistance to get Baseball and Softball back on the Olympic Programme.  He offered to make contact with other world leaders and heads of states for support.  He offered to partner with U.S. President Obama for a joint support of Softball and Baseball’s Olympic campaign.”


Chavez’s love for the game has been passed down to his children with one of his daughters being an active Softball athlete within Venezuela.

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