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1-6-2017- USA WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Twenty athletes to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a four-day selection process, 20 athletes have been selected to represent the United States as a member of the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT), USA Softball announced today. Selected by members of the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), these athletes will compete at the World Cup of Softball XII this July in Oklahoma City, Okla. and at a Pan American Games/World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship Qualifier.

“It is very obvious that the future talent pool of USA Softball players is very deep,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./Head Coach at South Florida).  “The high level of play and skill assessment displayed at the 2017 National Team trials, not only by the former players but also by the first time trial attendees, was fantastic.”

Click here to see the athletes selected to the 2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team

“After coming off the 2016 WBSC World Championship Gold Medal success, it is important for our program to keep moving forward,” Eriksen continued.  “The ‘prize fight’ mentality of all the players came out in the competition with the roster spots filled by those that excelled through the trials with their skill sets, their productive play at this event, their productive play through past history, and lastly by character assessment.  These factors make up a winning unit.  We will continue to assess those that were here that did not make the team.  For those who made the roster, the evidence of how close it was should be a motivating factor to continue to strive to be better physically and mentally as we race towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Representing the U.S. this summer will be 16 returning veterans from the 2016 roster which reclaimed the Gold Medal at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal Game.  Four rookies also join the squad, with three of those rookies having previously worn the Red, White and Blue either as a member of the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) or USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.

 

Led by Head Coach Ken Eriksen, a full list of National Team events, including exhibition games, will be released at a later date.

Womens National Team

2017 USA Softball Women’s National Team



Ali Aguilar
Washington – Sr.
Infield

Valerie Arioto
California – 2012
Infield

Kelly Barnhill
Florida – Soph.
Pitcher

Ally Carda
UCLA – 2015
Pitcher/Infield

Amanda Chidester
Michigan – 2012
Catcher

Kasey Cooper
Auburn – Sr.
Infield

Hannah Flippen
Utah – Sr.
Infield

Delanie Gourley
Florida – Sr.
Pitcher

Paige Halstead
UCLA – Soph.
Catcher

Jazmyn Jackson
California – Jr.
Outfield

Jenna Lilley
Oregon – Jr.
Infield

Haylie McCleney
Alabama – 2016
Outfield

Jessica Moore
Oregon – 2013
Pitcher

Michelle Moultrie
Florida – 2012
Outfield

Aubree Munro
Florida – 2016
Catcher

Danielle O’Toole
Arizona – Sr.
Pitcher

Delaney Spaulding
UCLA – Sr.
Infield

Kelsey Stewart
Florida – 2016
IF/OF

Janie Takeda
Oregon – 2015
Outfield

Morgan Zerkle
Marshall – Sr.
Outfield

 Date Event Location Tickets  Media
June, 2017 Training Camp Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request
July 4-9 World Cup of Softball XII Oklahoma City, Okla. N/A Click here for a credential request

*Additional events may be added. Schedule is subject to change*

Follow along all summer with all of the USA Softball National Teams at USASoftball.com.

 

8-31-2016 Womens National Team in Japan

Team USA gears up for 2016 Japan Cup with 5-2, exhibition win over Team Honda

Box Score

 

Takasaki City, Japan  — The USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed a 5-2 win over Team Honda, a professional team in the Japan Softball League, in an exhibition matchup at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  As the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2016 Japan Cup, the Red, White and Blue looked strong as the pitching staff issued just three hits while the offense combined for 11 hits.

 

Click here for live stats and a game schedule for the 2016 Japan Cup

 

Team Honda would score first in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff walk from U.S. starter Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.).  A fly ball to Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) at shortstop would keep the runner at first before a stolen base put the runner in scoring position.  A deep fly ball to center would allow the run to score, putting Honda up 1-0.

 

The U.S. would trail by a run through the top of the third inning when the Eagles would take the lead off a string of hits.  Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) doubled to right field with one out and would come around to score on a triple from Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.).  A batter later another run crossed the plate as Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), who plays professionally in the Japan Softball League with Team Honda, singled with a hard ground ball to left field to bring Jackson home to make it a 2-1, U.S. lead.

 

Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) would enter the circle for Team USA in the bottom of the third and would retire the side in order with three ground outs.  The U.S. added to their lead in the top of the fourth after Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) led off with a single to right field.  Two batters later, Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) singled to right field to bring Cooper home, extending the lead to 3-1.  Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.) came into the game in the bottom of the frame.  Team Honda would get the leadoff batter on base after a shot back to the circle and a throwing error allowed the runner to advance to second.  A groundout to Gourley would advance the runner to third before a single to left field cut the U.S. lead to 3-2.

 

The Red, White and Blue would answer in the top of the fifth as Stewart got the offense rolling with a leadoff double.  Back-to-back illegal pitches would allow Stewart to score the first run of the at-bat before a solo shot by Arioto extended the lead to 5-2.  That lead would hold through the next two and a half frames as Gourley, Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) and Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) would all three retire Team Honda in order to give the U.S. the 5-2 win.

 

The U.S. now sets its sights on Australia, who they will face in their opening game of the 2016 Japan Cup on Friday at 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CST on Thursday).  Fans at home can follow along with live stats, recaps and more at ASAUSASoftball.com.

Beginning on Friday, Team USA will join Australia, Chinese Taipei and Japan for the 2016 Japan Cup, a three-day tournament held at Jonan Baseball Stadium in Takasaki City, Japan.  The U.S. will look to defend their 2015 Japan Cup title after defeating Japan 2-1 (eight innings) in last year’s finale.  Team USA kicks off the Japan Cup on September 2 with their 12 p.m. JST (10 p.m. CT) game against Australia.   The Eagles will continue play on September 3 against Chinese Taipei at 3 p.m. JST (1 a.m. CT) immediately followed by a 6 p.m. JST (4 a.m. CT) contest against Japan.  On September 4, the teams with the second a third best records will play in the Bronze Medal game at 2:30 p.m. JST (12:30 a.m. CT) while the Gold Medal Game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed will take place at 5:30 p.m. JST (3:30 a.m. CT).

 

Representing Team USA at the 2016 Japan Cup are: Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Kelly Barnhill (Marietta, Ga.), Bianka Bell (Tampa, Fla.), Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.), Delanie Gourley (Lakeside, Calif.), Paige Halstead (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.), Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.), Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Aubree Munro (Brea, Calif.), Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.), Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.) and Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.).

 

Team USA will led by Howard Dobson (Baton Rouge, La./Asst. Coach at LSU), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./head coach at UT- Arlington) and Tyron McKinney (Ashland, Ohio).

 

8-3-2016 IOC Adds Baseball/Softball to 2020 Tokyo Program

Softball and baseball added to Tokyo 2020 Olympic program following IOC approval

Aug. 03, 2016, 2:35 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – The hopes and dreams of millions of softball athletes across the globe have been answered today as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted today to approve the addition of five new sports to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today.  The decision, which comes after the IOC met in Rio de Janeiro, was made possible after the groundbreaking Olympic Agenda 2020, which provides flexibility for the future of the Olympic Movement to encourage innovation in the Olympic program.  In addition to softball/baseball, other sports that will be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are karate, skateboard, sports climbing and surfing.

“What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “For softball and baseball to be added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games program is a dream come true for many athletes across the world.  USA Softball is proud to be the National Governing Body for the sport of softball and will continue to work diligently every day to promote our great sport of softball on the world stage.”

Softball and baseball’s global reach, loyal fan-base and positioning across many of the biggest sports markets, including Japan, offers a unique opportunity to further spread and elevate the Olympic brand.  The decision today further highlights the growing global appeal of the two sports, particularly among young people and women.  In Japan, softball/baseball have remained atop the landscape and a central part of the culture for more than 70 years.  Other factors considered in the sports package include the impact on gender equality, the youth appeal of the sports and the legacy value of adding them to the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Softball spent four “quads” as an Olympic sport debuting in the 1996 Atlanta Games with the final Olympic softball competitions taking place in Beijing in 2008. Softball and baseball were ousted from the 2012 Olympics following a vote from the IOC in 2005 in which softball, needing a simple majority of votes (53), received just 52.  Despite its exclusion from the Olympics for the past eight years, international softball has become increasingly competitive as a record 30 nations competed in last month’s 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and a record-breaking 12 nations competed at the World Cup of Softball XI in Oklahoma City, Okla.  This was also highly showcased during the USA vs Japan All-Star Series in Tokyo and Sendai, Japan, where members of the USA Softball Women’s National Team squared off against Japan in a three-game series.  A record-breaking 31,448 fans attended Stage One of the series at the Tokyo Dome, while an additional 3,000 fans attended the final two stages at Shellcom Sendai.

“Thank you to the IOC and the WBSC for this tremendous honor for not only our sport, but our athletes and the millions of young girls who dream of one day being an Olympian,” said USA Softball Women’s National Team athlete Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif.).  “This means so much to not only our USA Softball Women’s National Team program, but to millions of girls across the world.  Even if I’m not there, knowing that softball athletes will get to compete on the highest stage against the best competition in the world is amazing.”

In four Olympic Games appearances, the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal finish while setting numerous international records and are one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three-consecutive Gold Medals.  In 2012, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Lisa Fernandez and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team were honored for their accolades with induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.  Members of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball Team set 18 Olympic records in Athens.  Among the team records set were the most hits (73), highest team batting average (.343) and highest slugging percentage (.559). Fernandez set the individual record for batting average with .545 while Crystl Bustos’ 10 RBI and five home runs were also records.

This decision comes just 10 days after the USA Softball Women’s National Team claimed their first WBSC Women’s World Championship title since 2010 after defeating Japan 7-3 in the Gold Medal finale.  As a team, the U.S. finished the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Championship with a .436 team batting average, 19 home runs, 80 RBI and outscored opponents 83-10.  The pitching staff was lights out, allowing just eight earned runs for a 1.19 ERA.

 

SPY note: The WSJ says the inclusion for 2020 is not binding on future Olympiads.  IOC has 28 permanent venues, and sports like baseball/softball will have to br added as new Olympiads are proposed.

3-22-2016 World Softball Rankings

First Ever World Softball Rankings

 

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       22 MAR 2016 

 

ESPAÑOL

 

WBSC LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER SOFTBALL WORLD RANKINGS: JAPAN WOMEN’S NO. 1, NEW ZEALAND MEN’S NO. 1   

Women’s Softball Top 10 features Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

 

Men’s Softball Top 10 features Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, and Oceania

View WBSC Softball World Rankings

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today launched the first-ever world rankings for softball, across both men’s and women’s disciplines. The newly implemented world ranking system tracks the performance of a country’s National Team in the Softball World Championships, including junior and top-tier levels, over a three-year period.

 

The WBSC Softball Competitions Commission carried out the assignment of extensively reviewing, developing and introducing an initial world ranking system. This task force will continue to study the best method for the ongoing expansion of the world rankings to include multi-sport events, regional championships, head-to-heads and other WBSC-recognised international competitions in which WBSC’s 141 Members worldwide participate.

“These new softball world rankings mark another major milestone in the history of our global sport,” said WBSC Softball Division President Dale McMann. “These rankings not only provide a benchmarking tool for nations to construct and evaluate their strategic/development plans, but they also give the players and fans a new and exciting way to express the pride of their country through sport.”

 

Japan and New Zealand rank No. 1 in the new WBSC Softball World Rankings in women’s and men’s, respectively.

 

Japan is now the top-ranked country across both women’s softball and men’s baseball — events that could potentially be re-introduced and generate massive nationwide interest and strengthen host nation, as well as worldwide, engagement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan’s top ranking and success on the world stage comes as baseball/softball is the country’s top sport, in terms of youth participation, popularity, fan-attendance, broadcast/media coverage and existing infrastructure.

 

Women’s Softball World Rankings

 

Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania are all represented in the Women’s Top 10, highlighting a universal footprint of the sport.

 

The Japan National Softball Team programme has secured the No. 1 ranking (1560 pts), elevated by gold medals at both the 2012 and 2014 Women’s Softball World Championship.

 

Trailing leader Japan by just 60 points is the United States (1500 pts). The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the silver medal at the world championships in 2012 and 2014, while the U.S. is the current Junior Women’s world champion.

 

Australia (1300 pts), Oceania’s top representative, is the World No. 3.

 

Canada is the World No. 4, with 1280 points, while Chinese Taipei, with 1080 points, is No. 5.

 

Europe is showcased in the Top 10 by No. 7 Netherlands (880 pts) and No. 9 Italy (760 pts).

 

No. 17 Botswana (180 pts) is Africa’s top-ranked nation on the continent.

 

Men’s Softball World Rankings

 

Four continental regions are featured in the Men’s Top 10, including Oceania, the Americas (North, Central, and South Americas), Asia, and Europe.

 

New Zealand, “the Black Sox”, is the World No. 1, with 1340 points after winning the 2013 Men’s Softball World Championship and placing second at the 2014 juniors and 2015 men’s world championships.

 

Canada (1220 pts) captured the 2015 men’s world title and is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 3 Australia (1140 pts) and No. 4 Venezuela (1080 pts).

 

World No. 7 Czech Republic (720 pts) and No. 10 Great Britain (460 pts) place Europe firmly within the Top 10.

 

No. 16 South Africa (100 pts) is Africa’s top representative in the world rankings.

 

The top international softball competitions on the 2016 calendar are the Women’s World Championship in Surrey, Canada and the Junior Men’s World Championship in Midland, USA in July.

 

# # #

 

Note to Editor:Overall ranking system:

Overall ranking will be by gender, based on 80% of the overall Senior World Championship ranking and 20% of the Junior ranking. In order to operationalise these parameters, the format will allocate points directly by finish. The first place team at an event is given the number of points equal to the number of teams in the World Championships, to a maximum of 16 points and multiplied by 100. (i.e. only reward down to a 16th place finish). So in the case of an event with 16, or more teams, the first place team gets 16 points *100, second place 15* 100 points all the way down to sixteenth place which receives 1 point. In the case of an event with less than 16 teams, the maximum # of points available is equal to the number of team competing.

  • Junior Ranking based on previous championship
  • Senior Ranking based on the result of two previous championships. The most recent would have a 75% value and previous championship would be 25% value.

Overall ranking would be in the category of male or female with the Senior Championship (based on previous 2 events) worth 80% and Junior 20%.
Contact: media@wbsc.org, @wbsc

 

First Ever World Softball Rankings

 

 

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       22 MAR 2016 

 

ESPAÑOL

 

WBSC LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER SOFTBALL WORLD RANKINGS: JAPAN WOMEN’S NO. 1, NEW ZEALAND MEN’S NO. 1  

 

Women’s Softball Top 10 features Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

 

Men’s Softball Top 10 features Asia, Europe, North, Central and South America, and Oceania

View WBSC Softball World Rankings

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today launched the first-ever world rankings for softball, across both men’s and women’s disciplines. The newly implemented world ranking system tracks the performance of a country’s National Team in the Softball World Championships, including junior and top-tier levels, over a three-year period.

 

The WBSC Softball Competitions Commission carried out the assignment of extensively reviewing, developing and introducing an initial world ranking system. This task force will continue to study the best method for the ongoing expansion of the world rankings to include multi-sport events, regional championships, head-to-heads and other WBSC-recognised international competitions in which WBSC’s 141 Members worldwide participate.

“These new softball world rankings mark another major milestone in the history of our global sport,” said WBSC Softball Division President Dale McMann. “These rankings not only provide a benchmarking tool for nations to construct and evaluate their strategic/development plans, but they also give the players and fans a new and exciting way to express the pride of their country through sport.”

 

Japan and New Zealand rank No. 1 in the new WBSC Softball World Rankings in women’s and men’s, respectively.

 

Japan is now the top-ranked country across both women’s softball and men’s baseball — events that could potentially be re-introduced and generate massive nationwide interest and strengthen host nation, as well as worldwide, engagement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan’s top ranking and success on the world stage comes as baseball/softball is the country’s top sport, in terms of youth participation, popularity, fan-attendance, broadcast/media coverage and existing infrastructure.

 

Women’s Softball World Rankings

 

Asia, the Americas, Europe and Oceania are all represented in the Women’s Top 10, highlighting a universal footprint of the sport.

 

The Japan National Softball Team programme has secured the No. 1 ranking (1560 pts), elevated by gold medals at both the 2012 and 2014 Women’s Softball World Championship.

 

Trailing leader Japan by just 60 points is the United States (1500 pts). The U.S. Women’s National Team captured the silver medal at the world championships in 2012 and 2014, while the U.S. is the current Junior Women’s world champion.

 

Australia (1300 pts), Oceania’s top representative, is the World No. 3.

 

Canada is the World No. 4, with 1280 points, while Chinese Taipei, with 1080 points, is No. 5.

 

Europe is showcased in the Top 10 by No. 7 Netherlands (880 pts) and No. 9 Italy (760 pts).

 

No. 17 Botswana (180 pts) is Africa’s top-ranked nation on the continent.

 

Men’s Softball World Rankings

 

Four continental regions are featured in the Men’s Top 10, including Oceania, the Americas (North, Central, and South Americas), Asia, and Europe.

 

New Zealand, “the Black Sox”, is the World No. 1, with 1340 points after winning the 2013 Men’s Softball World Championship and placing second at the 2014 juniors and 2015 men’s world championships.

 

Canada (1220 pts) captured the 2015 men’s world title and is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 3 Australia (1140 pts) and No. 4 Venezuela (1080 pts).

 

World No. 7 Czech Republic (720 pts) and No. 10 Great Britain (460 pts) place Europe firmly within the Top 10.

 

No. 16 South Africa (100 pts) is Africa’s top representative in the world rankings.

 

The top international softball competitions on the 2016 calendar are the Women’s World Championship in Surrey, Canada and the Junior Men’s World Championship in Midland, USA in July.

 

# # #

 

Note to Editor:

Overall ranking system:

Overall ranking will be by gender, based on 80% of the overall Senior World Championship ranking and 20% of the Junior ranking. In order to operationalise these parameters, the format will allocate points directly by finish. The first place team at an event is given the number of points equal to the number of teams in the World Championships, to a maximum of 16 points and multiplied by 100. (i.e. only reward down to a 16th place finish). So in the case of an event with 16, or more teams, the first place team gets 16 points *100, second place 15* 100 points all the way down to sixteenth place which receives 1 point. In the case of an event with less than 16 teams, the maximum # of points available is equal to the number of team competing.

  • Junior Ranking based on previous championship
  • Senior Ranking based on the result of two previous championships. The most recent would have a 75% value and previous championship would be 25% value.

Overall ranking would be in the category of male or female with the Senior Championship (based on previous 2 events) worth 80% and Junior 20%.
Contact: media@wbsc.org, @wbsc

 

9-28-2015 Tokyo Proposes Baseball/Softball for 2020

TOKYO OFFICIALLY PROPOSES BASBALL/SOFTBALL FOR 2020

 

BASEBALL, SOFTBALL WELCOME TOKYO 2020 DECISION THAT SETS STAGE FOR HISTORIC OLYMPIC RETURN

 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today joined players and leadership from leagues around the world in welcoming the landmark decision by the hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to propose adding baseball/softball among five new sports for the Games in 2020.

 

Tokyo 2020 said in a statement: “This package of events represents both traditional and emerging, youth-focused events, all of which are popular both in Japan and internationally. They will serve as a driving force to further promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal, and will add value to the Games by engaging the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision.”

 

The top sport in Japan, baseball/softball is the biggest sport not currently featured at the Olympic Games — particularly in terms of youth participation in actual organised competition, as the vast majority of baseball/softball’s estimated 65 million athletes in over 140 countries are between the ages of 5 to 21.

 

Tokyo 2020’s proposal for additional events must be reviewed, voted upon and formally approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next August ahead of the 2016 Games.

 

“Tokyo 2020’s decision to propose our sport is a ‘home run’ and giant leap forward for baseball and softball,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “On behalf of WBSC and our athletes, I would like to thank Tokyo 2020 as well as IOC President Thomas Bach, whose Olympic Agenda 2020 vision has paved the way for this extraordinary opportunity. The entire baseball and softball world is excited and ready to cross the Olympic home plate. But above all, I am happy for all our male and female athletes who today can see there is a real chance to fulfil their greatest dream of representing their country in the most important sporting spectacle there is — the Olympic Games.”

 

Japanese National Team 2008 Olympic softball gold medallist Yukiko Ueno stated, “Everybody in baseball and softball has their sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and wants to play for gold in front of some of the best crowds in the world.”

 

Cuba’s star baseball pitcher Yosvani Torres (world No. 3 Cuban National Team member and 2014 Most Valuable Player of the Cuban National Series with club Pinar del Río) expressed, “The National Baseball Team is a great source of pride for our entire country and it would be the highest honour/duty and thrilling to represent my country and our sport in the Olympics — the pinnace of sports.”  

 

Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred said: “Today’s announcement by Tokyo 2020 to include baseball/softball into its proposal for additional events at the 2020 Olympic Games is an exciting step forward to hopefully seeing our game return to this great platform. We look forward to the IOC’s decision in August 2016.”

 

Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki, stated, “The recommendation today from Tokyo 2020 to restore Olympic baseball and softball has drawn attention here in Japan as well as globally.  United with WBSC and our colleagues from around the world, baseball and softball want to shine bright for Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic Movement moving forward.”

 

WBSC President Fraccari added: “Baseball and softball’s global position, expansion and opportunities today are thanks to all of our partners’ contributions and a shared vision to return our sport to the highest stage in sports, the Olympic Games. And we will do everything possible so that baseball and softball, if included, are a great attraction/success for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and IOC’s Agenda 2020, as it remains WBSC’s top priority to demonstrate that our sport aligns with the Olympic Movement and has the qualities to earn a place on the Olympic programme in 2020 and in future Games.”

 

WBSC’s previous Olympic bid, which proposed baseball and softball for the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, earned the second-highest amount of votes at the 2013 IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, finishing behind wrestling.