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New Zealand seeks return of Softball World Championship

Softball New Zealand (SNZ) has entered a bid to host the 2021 men’s World Championship as it seeks to bring the national team event back to the country.

New Zealand wrapped up its seventh world title, making it the competition’s most successful team, as the 2017 Championship concluded in Whitehorse, Canada on Sunday.

The Championship is due to be held next in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2019, marking its first edition in a European nation. The event was last held in New Zealand in Auckland in 2013 and SNZ chief executive Tony Giles said that a bid has been lodged with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), which will make a decision in October at its 2017 congress in Botswana. 

“We've got a great venue at Rosedale Park, and we believe there's a good feeling about softball in New Zealand, especially after this latest success,” Giles told the Stuff.co.nz website.

Giles said that he understood Argentina is considering a bid to host the 2021 World Championship in Parana, but added: “Canada is going to support us, which is great. They have had six male world championships since 2009 and would like to see it go to us.”

Baseball and softball will make their first appearance at an Olympics since Beijing’s 2008 Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in August 2016 confirmed that the sports, along with surfing, sport climbing, skateboarding and karate, would be added to the programme for Tokyo 2020.