WBSC awards 2016 World Cup hosting rights

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has awarded the hosting rights to its three Baseball World Cup events in 2016 to South Korea, Mexico and Japan.

South Korea will host the 2016 Women’s Baseball World Cup, which will be boosted from eight participating countries to 12. The expansion aligns with the WSBC’s objectives to promote gender-equality and to provide more opportunities for girls and women to take part in professional baseball-softball.

Elsewhere, the 2016 Under-21 Baseball World Cup will take place in Sinaloa, Mexico. The state, which recently staged the 2014 Under-15 Baseball World Cup, will be the second host of the Under-21 event, with the first edition of the tournament due to take place in Taichung, Taiwan this November.

In addition, the WBSC has awarded the hosting rights to its 2016 Under-15 Baseball World Cup to Japan. The event will mark the third successive year that the country will stage WBSC competitions, following on from its hosting of this year’s Women’s Baseball World Cup and the 2015 Under-18 Baseball World Cup.

Riccardo Fraccari, president of the WBSC, said: “We are extremely delighted with these excellent bids that derive from key markets. Continuing to attract high-quality hosts to successfully deliver and showcase our events is a key indicator of baseball and softball's global appeal and popularity, and of the lasting legacy and value returned to the hosts.”