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Israel’s National Baseball Team today qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time in history, winning the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, following an 11-1, eight-inning win over South Africa at Parma’s Nino Cavalli Stadium.

With Israel’s entry into the Olympic baseball event at the Tokyo 2020 Games, it is expected that the nation will break its record for the highest number of athletes ever sent to the Olympics. Israel joins host nation Japan as the only two nations so far confirmed for the six-team Olympic tournament.

“Congratulations to the Israel Association of Baseball and the Israel National Baseball Team, which will make its historic Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games, as the top team across Europe and Africa,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.

Absent from the 2012 and 2016 Games, baseball and softball will return to the Olympic programme next year in Japan, where baseball is a fan-favorite and expected to be one of the main Olympic attractions.

Israel, currently No. 19 in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, will represent Europe and Africa in the 2020 Olympic baseball tournament, finishing the Olympic qualifier ahead of the top-ranked nations in Europe and Africa, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 16 Italy, No. 18 Czech Republic, No. 23 South Africa and No. 26 Spain.

The next opportunity to qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament will be this November at the WBSC Premier12, the flagship National Team baseball event on the 2019 calendar. The top 12 nations in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this global competition, which will be one of the featured international sporting events of the year.

For box scores, stats, standings and highlights of the WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Qualifier, visit the official website at

Social media erupts as Chinese Taipei tops USA in Final of WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019

World No. 4 Chinese Taipei surprised four-time defending World Champions USA in the Final of the XXIX World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2019 Sunday night at Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark, setting off a media explosion in Chinese Taipei.

Politician Tsai Ing-wen, the highest elected official in the respective territory, congratulated the team before her millions of followers on Facebook and Twitter: “Proud of these outstanding athletes and the (Chinese Taipei Baseball Association) for their tireless dedication and love for the sport of baseball.”

The announcement that Chinese Taipei were the newly crowned U-18 World Champions after their 2-1 victory smashed the record for WBSC’s most-liked Facebook post, having registered over 73,000 likes via 2,600 shares at the time of writing, while Tsai’s Facebook post generated over 118,000 likes.

“The record engagement, coverage and social media volume of the U-18 Baseball World Cup, which showcases baseball’s future superstars, further positions it as one of the top youth world championships in sports,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Congratulations to the players and the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association on this impressive U-18 World Cup win.”

The Final was broadcast live across Chinese Taipei by the island’s biggest sport’s channel, Videoland, while the island’s biggest new outlets ran extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage.

A hero’s welcome is expected at the airport for the newly crowned World Champions, when the team lands on home soil. Weeks ago, Chinese Taipei also won the U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Meanwhile, the home fans also had plenty to cheer about after Lee Juhyeong homered with one out and a runner on base in the top of the ninth to help Korea came from behind to beat Australia 6-5 and claim the bronze medal.

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 – Media Buzz (Reporting period of 30 August – 9 September)
Over 60 million impressions and over 9 million views were registered across WBSC’s official social media platforms, generating more than 30 million minutes of watch time.

WBSC posts on social media generated over 430,000 likes and comments.

The official hashtag #U18WorldCup trended on Twitter, the official social media platform of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019.

The WBSC official website and social media profiles combined to register over 1.2 million visits from users in 168 countries and territories.
Over 200 press credentials were issued, with media presence at the U-18 World cup including Japanese media giant Yomiuri Shimbun, the most widely circulated newspaper in the world, and various wire services, amassing a cumulative potential readership of over 1 billion per day, according to data from media intelligence company Meltwater.

The road to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 began with the best young baseball players (15-18 years old) and teams representing 38 countries and territories.

Africa (1): South Africa.

Americas (15): Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela and USA.

Asia (7): China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Sri Lanka.

Europe (10): Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands Spain and Ukraine.

Oceania (5): American Samoa, Australia, Guam, New Zealand and Palau.

WBSC Announces Game Schedule For Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai, China

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today the schedule of the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier, to be held in Shanghai, China, from 24-28 September. The top six Asian teams will face the best two nations from Oceania in Shanghai, with the last spot at the Olympic Games at stake.

The eight participating teams were placed into two groups, after a draw held on Wednesday, 10 July at the WBSC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland:

Group A features host and world No. 8 China, No. 11 New Zealand, No. 13 Philippines and No. 23 Korea.

The top-ranked team in the tournament, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, will compete in Group B along with No. 7 Australia, No. 37 Indonesia and No. 42 Hong Kong.

Canada, Mexico Qualify For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games As top Two Teams Across Americas

The softball national teams of Mexico and Canada earned a place in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, sealing the top two spots of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualification Event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

It will be the first time Mexico will participate in an Olympic softball event, the pinnacle of the sport, while Canada has participated in the first four editions and will compete in Tokyo for a fifth time.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Congratulations to the athletes, the National Federations, and the National Olympic Committees of Mexico and Canada for qualifying to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “I want also to express my appreciation to the Local Organising Committee for an excellent job organising this Olympic Qualifier in a fantastic city and venue.”

The qualifier in Surrey included the top softball nations across the Americas, including the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Mexico and Canada join host nation Japan, the 2018 WBSC Softball World Champions USA and the winner of the Europe/Africa Qualifier Italy as the first five nations qualified for the six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball competition.

The remaining nation will be determined at the next WBSC Softball qualifier – an eight-team WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier which will take place in Shanghai, China from 24-28 September.

Softball will have the honour of opening next year’s Olympic Games on 22 July with special starting games at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.

The top four nations of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Brazil, also became the first nations to advance to the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup 2021.

Kaleigh Rafter, Canadian catcher, said: “It’s been a long journey, a growing journey, I’m just excited for the teammates. I love this country, I love softball, I love playing for this team… It’s been a part of me since I first tried-out at 19 years old. It’s everything, it’s kind of who I am now”.

Dallas Escobedo, Mexican pitcher, said: “I just tried to stay calm, enjoy the moment, enjoy the crowd and being myself. It’s just exciting being here and living this moment”.

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WBSC awards broadcast rights in North America to CBC Sports and Flo Sports for Softball Americas Qualifier

WBSC awards broadcast rights in North America to CBC Sports and Flo Sports for Softball Americas Qualifier

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that CBC Sports and Flo Sports have been awarded exclusive broadcast rights in Canada and USA, respectively, for the WBSC Women’s Softball Americas Qualifier. The event opens on Sunday, 25 August, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, with ten teams from the Americas battling for two spots in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

CBC Sports’ weekly broadcast staple Road to the Olympic Games will air the home team’s Super Round game on 31 August at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET (if Canada advances to the Super Round) on CBC and the free CBC Gem streaming device. In addition, CBC Sports will exclusively live-stream 24 games of the tournament in the Canadian territory via and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices.

In the United States, the streaming and on-demand sports programming platform FloSports will provide live-coverage of the Olympic Qualifier event, offering 24 games to its subscribers.

WBSC Chairman Tommy Velazquez said: “Millions of people in the Americas and around the world will be able to watch all the games of the Softball Americas Qualifier, building anticipation of softball’s historic return at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

A total of 24 games of the WBSC Women’s Softball Americas Qualifier will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the official WBSC OTT Platform at for those territories not covered by WBSC’s broadcast and live-stream partners.

WBSC Softball Americas will offer Spanish-language coverage of 24 games through Facebook Live.

Ten teams will compete in the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, including host and world No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico, No. 14 Brazil, No. 16 Venezuela, No. 17 Cuba, No. 18 Guatemala, No. 19 Dominican Republic, No. 20 Peru and No. 39 Bahamas.

The official website of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier has been launched and is available in six languages — English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese — at

100 Days to WBSC Premier12 Top International Baseball Event Of The Year, Olympic Qualifier

Today marks 100 days to the biggest international baseball event on this year’s calendar, the II WBSC Premier12, which will be a global battle between the Top 12 ranked Men’s National Teams in the world and also serve as an Olympic qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

A series of milestones have been passed ahead of the 100-day mark, including a recent landmark agreement to award Spain’s global media giant, MEDIAPRO, the exclusive broadcasting rights of the 2019 WBSC Premier12 across the Americas.

It was also recently announced that game clocks and video replay will be introduced for the second edition of the Premier12. Swiss luxury watch brand HUBLOT will be the Official Timekeeper of the 2019 WBSC Premier12, with leading Japanese brands and 2015 Premier12 sponsors ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD., gaming giant GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. and NISSAN MOTOR CO.,LTD. all returning.

Iconic baseball brand SSK days ago revealed the Official Ball and Umpire Kit of the 2019 WBSC Premier12.

“Following a successful launch of this new global baseball tournament in 2015, the excitement of the Premier12 continues to grow and gain momentum,” said Fraccari. “With four great hosts across four nations, and with 100 days to opening day, the 2019 Premier12 is on track to be one of the top international sporting events of the year, helping to put a global spotlight on baseball.”

The II WBSC Premier12 2019 will be staged over 32 games from 2-17 November — with opening rounds in Guadalajara, Mexico; Taichung and Taoyuan, Taiwan; and Seoul, Korea.

Host of Group A in Guadalajara, the Charros de Jalisco professional baseball club of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), expects an economic impact of $31 million USD to be generated for the region (in accordance with official government estimates/data). Group A features world No. 2 USA, No. 6 Mexico, No. 8 Netherlands and No. 12 Dominican Republic.

The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) is the host of Group B, which will be played at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. The group features world No. 1 Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 9 Venezuela and No. 11 Puerto Rico.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) — the nation’s top sports league — is the host of Group C at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, which features No. 3 Korea, No. 5 Cuba, No. 7 Australia and No. 10 Canada. The Korean National Team will enter as the defending Premier12 and Olympic Champions.

The top two teams from each group will advance to Japan and play in the Super Round, which will determine who will be in the Final.

Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) — the world’s second biggest professional sports league by annual attendance — will host the Super Round and Finals at Chiba’s ZOZO Marine Stadium and the Tokyo Dome.

Upcoming milestones include the revealing of player rosters, which will be one of the most anticipated moments leading to the 2019 WBSC Premier12.

WBSC Awards MEDIAPRO Exclusive Broadcast Rights in the Americas to 2022

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today awarded MEDIAPRO the exclusive broadcast rights across the Americas for all WBSC’s world championships through 2022, as well as the flagship global competition on the calendar, the 2019 WBSC Premier12 — an Olympic qualifier this November which will feature the Men’s National Teams from the 12 best-ranked baseball nations in the world.

The agreement also includes all Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s) and all Softball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18 and U-23, Men’s and Women’s).

In addition, MEDIAPRO has been awarded the host broadcast rights of all WBSC’s competitions held across the Americas territory, including the 2019 WBSC Premier12 Group A round in Guadalajara, Mexico, and WBSC’s Qualification Events for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020.

The landmark agreement was entirely negotiated and closed by BASE, WBSC’s in-house sports marketing agency that was launched in 2018 to manage the distribution of the world governing body’s commercial, media and sponsorship rights.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “We are thrilled with this major agreement that awards the broadcast and production rights of our World Cups and Premier12 across the Americas through 2022 to an industry leader like MEDIAPRO. This is a major step towards building National Team baseball and softball — and the WBSC brand — into elite territory.”

Jaume Roures, Managing Partner of MEDIAPRO, said: “We are excited to add this new project to our portfolio. It is a target for the whole MEDIAPRO Group to advance baseball and softball’s international profile as well as the WBSC brand and competitions. It is very significant that world governing bodies such as WBSC entrust MEDIAPRO with a project like this.”

WBSC and MEDIAPRO will also collaborate on the development of new international competitions and formats that are best positioned for regional and global exposure.

The MEDIAPRO Group is involved in the production of 16 national football competitions around the world and has extensive experience in producing major sporting events, such as the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup and Formula 1.