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WBSC makes Mexico commitment with Conade link-up

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has today (Wednesday) announced a major partnership and Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport (Conade).

As part of the agreement, Conade, in conjunction with the Mexican Baseball Federation (FEMEBE), has been awarded hosting rights to the 2020 edition of the U23 Baseball World Cup.

The MoU outlines three key areas of collaboration: the education of coaches and umpires, international events in Mexico and the promotion of the WBSC’s new Baseball5 discipline in schools and physical education programmes across the country.

Baseball5 is the WBSC’s third official discipline after baseball and softball. It features five-inning games with five players on each team and the sport can be played on any surface.

The cities and stadia that will be used for the 2020 U23 Baseball World Cup, as well as the dates, will be jointly reviewed, approved and announced by WBSC, Conade and FEMEBE in the coming months.

“The WBSC is excited to begin this major partnership with Mexico’s highest authority in sports, CONADE, and we’re proud to support the future development of baseball in Mexico,” WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari said.

“This shared vision of Conade and WBSC immediately raises the global profile of the sport of baseball as well as Mexican sport.”

Conade director Ana Gabriela Guevara added: “Mexico wants to bring the best events to Mexico and develop home-grown talent. Baseball5 is also what we are looking for – dynamic, modern – taking kids back to the streets to play. Anybody can play it and it can be played anywhere.”

Mexico’s men’s national team won the U23 Baseball World Cup in October 2018, marking the country’s first-ever official baseball world championship win.