POSTED: December 10th 2014
NewsUpdate

Agenda 2020 Reforms give a new Olympic Dream to Baseball/Softball

CHAD MARINO / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) received positive reception and endorsement of key Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session held in Monaco December 8 and 9. Particularly regarding the adoption of a more flexible Olympic sports programme.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari congratulated and thanked IOC President Thomas Bach, the IOC Members and working groups for leading and driving the reforms. Sport experts say this will change the landscape of world sports.

WBSC President Fraccari said "The WBSC fully shares the IOC's vision of Olympic reform under President Bach, and stands ready to support and assist the Olympic Movement in implementing the reforms, wherever baseball and softball can help."

 "Above all the Olympic Games is the world's most inspirational sporting event, and the Agenda 2020 reforms will inspire more young people and women, who are the future of all sports, to take up more sport and to participate in sport and in the values of sport, and make sport more relevant to the next generation, and as a catalyst for change in our communities and societies," President Fraccari said.

President Fraccari made it known that with the guidance of the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, they will determine how Baseball and Softball could be involved in the new reforms.

With the gender equality of the sport, and its global popularity inclusion, baseball/ softball could make the Olympic Games more relevant in regions where baseball and softball are growing in popularity.

President Fraccari is humbled by the opportunities that the new reform offers the WSBC. The reform enables future Olympic host cities and organizing committees, including Tokyo 2020, to include additional sporting events in the Olympic sports programme, which could potentially include baseball and softball, two of the most popular sports in the world. This new more flexible approach is what will make sports like baseball and softball be part of the games.

Excitement at the potential inclusion has given players in the baseball and softball community hope that they will be able to honor their countries on the pinnacle of sport, the Olympic Games.

"The reforms herald a new era for sports and athletes worldwide, and provide important hope and inspiration for sports and athletes wanting to participate in the world's most important global sporting event, the Olympic Games," said President Fraccari.

 

The world governing body leader was confident that if included, baseball and softball could significantly enhance the Olympic experience, building on the vast fan, player and community support levels for the bat-and-ball sports worldwide.

 

Along with anticipated popularity for baseball and softball in Japan there is also expectation for the sport to grow immensely in new markets such as Africa, the Middle East as well as in Europe.

 

President Fraccari said the WBSC had developed a new shorter and more compact format for Olympic baseball and softball, which includes the use of a shared and existing competition venues in order to ensure the baseball and softball events are sustainable and affordable, making sure to leave meaningful sporting and community legacies for young people and women after the Games.



Keywords · IOC · Olympics · Baseball Softball · Monaco


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