POSTED: October 15th 2012

ISF and IBF merge to create one unique and united sports federation

LAURA WALDEN in MONACO / Sports Features Communications

October 15 - The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) have finally come to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a united front to ramp up their campaign for the sport and to reaffront the campaign to get back on the 2020 Games Olympic program.

It was announced today that both ISF and IBAF will join to form a unique sports federation.

According to the MOU a new Joint Committee will be formed made up of 8 people (ISF President and 3 members appointed by the ISF, and IBAF President and 3 members appointed by the IBAF) who will oversee all facets of the merger process and now seek recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as one federation.

ISF President, Don Porter, said, “The MoU gives us the basis to move forward in our Olympic campaign, and gives us added confidence that our plans to merge our two Federations will receive the needed support from our NFs.”

If approved and they were to make the program this would of course impact the 2020 bidding cities, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo, as they would have to add the venue to their plan should the new sport be added. 

IBAF President, Riccardo Fraccari, said, “This is an exciting milestone for baseball and softball and an extremely important step towards our collective efforts to reinstate our sports in the Olympic Programme in 2020.”

Next steps for the merger will be formatting the approval for the merger from their respective federations and the ISF congress is set to convene in Houston on October 30 and IBAF will be implementing a postal vote in the next few weeks.

Then once this is accomplished the campaign platform will be prepared and polished for their presentation to the IOC’s Olympic Programme Commission in December. 

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