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3-24-2018 Qualifying for Tokyo 2020

WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball

PARIS — 24 March 2018 — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

WBSC Members and affiliated National Teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad exclusively through eight WBSC international tournaments, four for baseball and four for softball.
“The eight competitions to get into Tokyo 2020 promise to deliver some of the most exciting and meaningful international baseball and softball games ever seen,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “As the biggest sport in Japan, the historic return of Olympic Baseball and Softball is expected to make a major buzz and be a magical experience for the athletes and spectators alike, so we can expect that millions around the world will have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and do whatever they can to be a part of it.”
Host nation Japan will be automatically entered into the men’s baseball and women’s softball medal events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – BASEBALL
 
The first opportunity to advance to the Olympic Baseball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC flagship Premier12® in November 2019, where two Olympic spots will be awarded. The Premier12’s top finisher from the Americas and the top finisher from Asia/Oceania (excluding Japan) will earn direct entries into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. The Top 12 (“Premier12”) nations in the final 2018 WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this top-tier, elite global battle.
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier, where the winner will advance to Tokyo 2020, will be an eight-team tournament, bringing together all Americas representatives from the WBSC Premier12 2019 that did not qualify for Tokyo 2020. Currently, there are seven nations from the Americas in the Top 12 (Premier12) of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. The top finisher(s) from the Pan American Games Lima 2019 would complete the eight-team field
 
Intercontinental Qualifier
 
The final Olympic Baseball qualifier will be a six-team world tournament for the last remaining place at Tokyo 2020. Participants will include:
  • 2nd Place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
  • 2nd and 3rd Place finishers from the Americas Qualifier
  • Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
  • Winner of Oceania Qualifier 2019

Men’s National Baseball Team Composition

 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Baseball will be 24 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 18 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
 
ROAD TO TOKYO 2020 – SOFTBALL
 
The first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Softball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be this August at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot.)
 
Africa/Europe Qualifier
 
The Africa/Europe qualification event will be an eight-team tournament, where the winner will earn a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top six finishers from the European Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the African Softball Championship 2019.
 
Americas Qualifier
 
The Americas Olympic qualifier will be a maximum 16-team tournament, with the winner and the 2nd Place nation advancing to Tokyo 2020. Eligible nations to compete in this Qualifier will be based on the finals standings of the Pan American Championship 2019.
 
Asia/Oceania Qualifier
 
The Asia/Oceania Qualifier will be an eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier (not counting already qualified nations for Tokyo 2020) will be top six finishers from the Asian Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the Oceania Softball Championship 2019.
 
Women’s National Softball Team Composition
 
National Team roster sizes for Olympic Softball will be 15 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 16 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).
Baseball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Softball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Nov 2019: WBSC Premier12 (2 Qualify) Aug 2018: WBSC Women’s Softball WC (1)
TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1) TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1)
TBC: Americas Qualifier (1) TBC: Americas Qualifier (2)
TBC: Intercontinental Qualifier (1) TBC: Asia/Oceania Qualifier (1)
WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and respective broadcast rights agreements of the Qualifiers in future news releases.
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For media inquiries, contact media@wbsc.org@WBSC.
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Cups, Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).

For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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9-16-2017 Olympics in London and Paris

LIMA, Peru – The International Olympic Committee has selected Los Angeles as the Host City of the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, returning the Summer Games to the United States for the first time since Atlanta 1996. The City of Angels will be hosting the Olympics for the third time (1932, 1984, 2028) and the Paralympics for the first time.

At the IOC Session in Lima, IOC members unanimously voted to ratify a tripartite agreement between the IOC and the cities of LA and Paris, with the 2024 Games going to Paris and 2028 Games to LA. The agreement follows the IOC members’ unanimous approval at the July 2017 Extraordinary IOC Session for the simultaneous election of the host cities of the 2024 and 2028 Games.

In its final presentation to the IOC today, LA 2028 highlighted the City of Angels’ plan to create a New Games for a New Era by harnessing LA’s unparalleled creative, storytelling assets to deliver the world’s greatest sporting event in a low-risk, fiscally responsible and sustainable way.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said: “This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels. LA loves the OIympics because the Games have lifted up our city twice before. But to us the Games have always represented an even brighter future and the chance to harness the power of sport and the Olympic Movement again to inspire the next generation – for the next 11 years and beyond.”

LA 2028 Chairman Casey Wasserman said: “This 11-year agreement with the IOC is the ultimate validation of LA 2028’s New Games for a New Era, and Los Angeles’ vision for the future. As a team and as a city, we could not be more excited to be entering into this long-term partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic movements, and with one of the great cities of the world, Paris. This will be an extraordinary collaboration that secures the future of the Movement for generations. Now LA 2028 has a golden opportunity, with four more years to prepare and a $2 billion contribution from the IOC, to redefine how hosting the Games can benefit host communities.”

United States Olympic Committee Chairman and U.S. IOC Member Larry Probst said: “Today is one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements – and it’s one we’ve been waiting to celebrate for many years. Los Angeles’ Games plan is second to none and will have a far-reaching impact domestically and abroad. This visionary dual award will no doubt provide an era of unprecedented strength and stability for the global Olympic and Paralympic movements, and the LA Games will absolutely fulfill their promise of being a New Games for a New Era.”

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said: “A Games on home soil is an extremely special opportunity that will allow us to grow and serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements for decades to come. We couldn’t have found a better partner than Los Angeles to give a new generation of American athletes and fans the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to seeing the innovation, imagination and sustainability Los Angeles will use over the next 11 years to create and deliver something truly magical.”

Los Angeles and the USOC jointly launched the LA bid on Sept. 1, 2015, and shifted the candidature from 2024 to 2028 on July 31, 2017, after coming to terms with the IOC. Under the revised Host City Contract, LA 2028 is able to invest up to $160 million to increase youth sports access and participation in Los Angeles in the years leading up to the Games. The new Host City Contract will also provide LA 2028 with an 80 percent share of any Games surplus and an IOC contribution of $2 billion. In August, the LA City Council and USOC board approved the updated agreement.

The bid has been overwhelmingly supported in the city of Los Angeles, the state of California and throughout the entire United States.

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Senior Advisor for Legacy Anita DeFrantz said: “I couldn’t be more proud that my beloved city will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2028. The Olympic Games are intimately woven into the history of this ever-evolving city – it is part of what defines us. Just as we reimagine ourselves and our stories daily, we are ready to redefine the Games once again, not only for our own benefit, but for the prosperity of this critically important movement. These Games will build on the legacy that began in 1932 and was cemented in 1984, and will touch the lives of Angelenos and Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. IOC Executive Board Member and LA 2028 Chief Strategy Officer Angela Ruggiero said: “Los Angeles has always been a committed partner to the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This city – which played a critical role in my Olympic journey – is home to some of the world’s most creative, athletic and innovative people. Our diversity is our strength, and LA is uniquely and perfectly suited to welcome the world with open arms once again. It is an amazing and defining honor for a city to host the Games, and Los Angeles stands ready to surpass all expectations in 2028.”

7-5-2017 World Cup of Softball

Media Information  |  World Cup of Softball XII

 

The World Cup of Softball XII features seven of the top 10 world-ranked teams in the world and marks the first international softball event in the United States since the announcement of softball’s return to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Team USA’s #JourneyToJapan begins now as the road to qualify for #Tokyo2020 begins right here in OKC!

 

Competing Teams:

Team USA

USA Junior Women’s National Team (19-Under)

Australia

Canada

Japan

Mexico

Philippines

Puerto Rico

 

World Cup of Softball XII Game Schedule

 

 

July 5:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs USA JWNT – 11 am

Canada vs USA JWNT – 1:30 pm

USA vs Philippines – 4 pm

USA vs Mexico – 6:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Canada – 11 am

Japan vs Puerto Rico – 2 pm

Australia vs Mexico – 4:30 pm

Australia vs Philippines – 7 pm

 

July 6:

OGE Energy Field:

Japan vs Mexico – 9:30 am

Mexico vs USA JWNT – 12:30 pm

Australia vs USA JWNT – 3 pm

USA vs Canada – 6 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Japan vs Philippines – 12 pm

Canada vs Philippines – 2:30 pm

Australia vs Puerto Rico – 5 pm

 

July 7:

OGE Energy Field:

Canada vs Mexico – 10:30 am

Philippines vs USA JWNT – 1 pm

USA vs USA JWNT – 4 pm

USA vs Japan – 7:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Puerto Rico vs Philippines – 10:30 am

Canada vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs Australia – 4pm

 

July 8:

OGE Energy Field:

Puerto Rico vs Mexico – 10 am

USA vs Puerto Rico – 1 pm

Japan vs USA JWNT – 3:30 pm

USA vs Australia – 7 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Mexico vs Philippines – 12:30 pm

Canada vs Australia – 3:30 pm

 

July 9:

OGE Energy Field:

Seed #1 vs Seed #2 – 12 pm

Seed #3 vs Seed #4 – 2:30 pm

 

INTEGRIS Field:

Seed #7 vs Seed #8 – 12 pm

Seed #5 vs Seed #6 – 2:30 pm

 

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LIVE Media

TV:

USA vs. Canada on July 6, 2017 – (ESPN)

USA vs. Japan on July 7, 2017 – (ESPN2)

USA vs. Puerto Rico on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

USA vs. Australia on July 8, 2017 –  (ESPN2)

Seed #1 vs. Seed #2 Championship Game  –  (ESPN)

 

Online:    All other games will be available to watch via live stream on USASoftball.com for free.

 

Tickets

General admission single session tickets will be available at the gate.  For those ages 12 and older, tickets can be purchased for $10 while youth and senior citizen (ages 4-12/55+) are available for $5. All-session tickets are available for adults for $40, and youth/senior for $20.

 

Credentials

Media passes will be available for pick-up at the “Will Call” window at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium throughout the event.

 

Please contact:

Katie Willis – Communications Manager

Cell: 440.315.2802 I Email: kwillis@usasoftball.com I Social Media: @USASoftball

 

Please note: USA Softball will allot time after the conclusion of each team’s final game of the day for media requesting interviews.  Please contact Katie Willis with your requests.

 

Pressbox Hours

Please note your respective work space will remain open for 1 hour after the final out of the last game of the day. If you need to make other arrangements, please contact Katie Willis prior to the start of each day.

 

Meals/Drinks

Working media will have access to meals and drinks, which will be located in the VIP area of the USA Softball press box.  Please note: there will be no bottled water, but there will be a water cooler in the meal area.  Media will need to bring their own bottle, canister, etc. to fill with available water. Bottled water can be purchased at the concession stands along with other snacks.

 

 

6-30-2017 Ninth Annual Border Battle

Ninth-annual Border Battle kicks off today at USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex

 

OKLAHOMA CITY — A total of 10 teams are set to take the field to compete in the ninth-annual Border Battle this weekend, USA Softball announced today.  With 21 games to be played at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field, Border Battle will feature round-robin games involving the USA Softball Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams, the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team, Canada’s Men’s and Women’s Slow Pitch National Teams and several USA Softball-registered men’s and women’s teams.  General admission all-session and single-session tickets are available at the ticket booth outside the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex.

 

Highlighted by events such as Military Appreciation Day, League Night and Legends of the Game, special activities highlight each day of the Border Battle while groups of 10 or more can receive special pricing. The three-day event will be highlighted by the Men’s Border Battle IX, where Team USA will face Canada and look to keep Border Battle bragging rights on July 1 at 8 p.m.  In addition to the featured Border Battle game, the USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team and the USA Softball Men’s Futures Slow Pitch National Team will also be competing in Oklahoma City in the Slow Pitch Showdown on Friday, June 30. Newly introduced to the action-packed lineup at Border Battle IX this year is a Women’s Border Battle game, which will feature the inaugural USA Softball Women’s Slow Pitch National Team who will take the field against Team Canada on July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Fans will be able to watch each pitch of Border Battle IX online through USASoftball.com.  For complete coverage of Border Battle IX including live stats, streaming and results log on to USASoftball.com.

 

The inaugural “Bash at the Border Battle”, which will take place simultaneously with Border Battle IX, features teams within the USA Softball Super Slow Pitch and Class A Slow Pitch divisions and includes ASP/KV Weld/A&A Utility/OA Labs, ASP Plumbing Services/Monsta, OC, The Crew, TPC/Boompas Burgers and WC Monsta.  The teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket to determine who will play in the Championship Game.

 

Click here for live stats, live streaming and brackets for the “Bash at the Border Battle”

 

6-26-2017 IOC Session in Lima Peru

131st IOC Session in Lima, Peru – Information for the media

1) GENERAL INFORMATION
The 131st IOC Session will be held from 13 to 16 September in Lima, Peru. It will be preceded by a meeting of the IOC Executive Board (EB) on 11 and 12 September.

The 131st IOC Session will take decisions on key policy issues and in areas under its authority, including the election of the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday 13 September.

The two Candidate Cities bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games are Los Angeles (United States of America) and Paris (France).

The IOC Session, the presentations of the Candidate Cities, the vote to elect the host city, the host city announcement ceremony, and the signature of the Host City Contract will all take place at the Lima Convention Centre (LCC).

The meetings of the Executive Board will take place at the Westin Hotel.

Click here for the map of the venues and their surroundings.