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posted May 6, 2014, 2:31 PM by Jairy Otero

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      6 May 2014

 

 

 

In countdown to historic Africa Congress, WBSC secures Mizuno as first 'Global Sponsor'     

  

- Japanese sporting goods giant to support all Youth and Professional Baseball/Softball World Championship events in 2014  

  

- "The WBSC remains committed to Olympic Games inclusion, and this strategic-partnership -- the sponsorship of our youth-, women's- and men's competition platforms -- is critical to strongly demonstrating baseball and softball's youth and commercial appeal, and gender-balance." -- WBSC co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter.

 

  

TOKYO - Officials of the world governing body for baseball and softball, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), have announced a new key agreement with the Japan-based Mizuno Corporation, establishing Mizuno as WBSC's first Global Sponsor and the Exclusive Official Game Ball Supplier of all 2014 Baseball and Softball World Championship platforms -- from youth to professional level -- overseen by the WBSC.

  

The new WBSC-Mizuno agreement follows Mizuno's sponsorship of WBSC's historic and first-ever World Baseball Softball Congress in Africa, which was announced last month, and covers this year's three baseball world championships -- the IBAF Youth U-15, U-21 and Women's Baseball World Cups -- and this year's two softball world championships --  the ISF U19 Junior Men's Softball World Championship and the Women's Softball World Championship.

  

"The WBSC is proud to partner with a sports industry leader like Mizuno, which will help keep the WBSC at the forefront of youth sport and further strengthen our youth engagement platforms," stated WBSC co-Presidents Riccardo Fraccari and Don Porter.

  

WBSC leadership also hailed the agreement as highlighting the value baseball and softball could deliver to the Olympic Movement, if included on the Olympic Programme.

  

"The WBSC remains committed to Olympic Games inclusion, and this strategic-partnership -- the sponsorship of our youth-, women's- and men's competition platforms -- is critical to strongly demonstrating baseball and softball's youth and commercial appeal, and gender-balance," the co-presidents added. "We are confident that under the Olympic umbrella, baseball and softball's global assets could further enhance and sustain the uniqueness, year-round message and economic positioning of the Olympic Games, while making the Games increasingly relevant to women and vice-versa."

  

The structure of the WBSC-Mizuno agreement includes cash and value-in-kind, extending upon Mizuno's long-standing partnerships with the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation that dates back over forty years.

  

WBSC officials confirm that Mizuno will continue to serve as the Official Competition Game Ball Supplier of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships though 2014.

  

Under the agreement, Mizuno will also serve as the Official Apparel Supplier of the Tournament Officials of the 2014 baseball/softball world championships; umpires of the 2014 Softball World Championships will also be outfitted by Mizuno.

 

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MEDIA: For media inquiries, please contact:
media@wbsc.co

 

 

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation: 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in April 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority in baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in September 2013. The WBSC will be led by an Interim Executive Board until the Inaugural WBSC Congress in May 2014. The WBSC has National Federation members in 141 territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania.

 

For further information, please go to www.WBSC.co.

 

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