The international baseball and softball governing bodies will make a major announcement regarding the bid for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games at a media conference in Tokyo on April 14. Details of a new combined baseball and softball federation to govern and take the sport forward in the 21st century will also be announced.


The announcements will be of interest to legions of baseball and softball fans, senior and junior players and clubs and competitions worldwide. A new logo, theme and the website will be introduced as well. For further information please see below.



Riccardo Fraccari, President, International Baseball Federation

Don Porter, President, International Softball Federation

Ryozo Kato, Commissioner, Nippon Professional Baseball

Antonio Castro, Vice President, International Baseball Federation

Guests from Baseball and Softball



Press Conference: The IBAF-ISF will ratify the Constitution of the new World Baseball Softball Confederation in Tokyo and launch the 2020 Olympics Baseball- Softball campaign, unveiling of the official logo, slogan and campaign theme.



Sunday, April 14, 2013

4:00 p.m. (local time)



The XXVII IBAF Ordinary Congress

The Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa

3-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Hiten Hall



SUNDAY - Apr 14th

08:00 - 10:00     Congress 1st Session

10:00 - 10:15     Coffee Break

10:15 - 12:15     Congress 2nd Session

12:30                 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00     Congress 3rd Session

16:00 - 16:30     Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00     Olympic Campaign launch and Press Conference

17:00 - 18:00     Congress 4th Session


About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

Formed under the authority and merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), the World Baseball Softball Confederation has been established to provide a unified voice and governance for all disciplines of Softball and Baseball throughout the world.

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