The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the Mexican Baseball Federation and the respective Local Organizing Committee, today jointly announced the postponement of the 2020 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup® and the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup to 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions.
The 2020 WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup will now be scheduled for 1-9 March 2021 in Tijuana, Mexico, while the next WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup will take place in Tijuana from 13-22 March.
The U-15 World Cup had been initially postponed to 30 October to 8 November, while the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup had been previously postponed to 12-21 November.
"Today's difficult decision means that for the first time since the founding of the International Baseball Federation in 1938, we will have no official international baseball competitions in a calendar year," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. "We are especially disappointed for our athletes and National Federations, who were set to compete and shine in this year's Baseball World Cups.
"On behalf of the WBSC, I would like to thank Mexico's National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport (CONADE), PROBEIS, the Baja California Sports Institute (INDEBC) and our baseball officials in Mexico who remain dedicated to hosting and successfully delivering these world championship events."
With the postponement of the Women's and U-15 Baseball World Cups, all three of this year's Baseball World Cups, including the III WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup, will take place in Mexico in 2021, with the respective qualified teams and wild cards maintaining the right to compete.
WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2021
Africa (1): South Africa
Americas (6): Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, USA and Venezuela
Asia (2): Chinese Taipei and Japan
Europe (2): Germany and Italy
Oceania (1): Guam
The USA Baseball U-15 National Team won the last U-15 World Cup in 2018, defeating host Panama in the Final.
WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup 2021
Americas (4): Canada, Mexico, USA and Venezuela
Asia (3): Defending World Cup Champion Japan, Chinese Taipei and Philippines,
Europe (1) France
Oceania (1): Australia
Wild Card (3): Cuba, Dominican Republic and Netherlands
The Women's National Baseball Team of Japan has won the last six editions and will carry a 30-game World Cup winning streak into the global competition.
WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2021
Africa (1): South Africa
Americas (4): Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
Asia (3): Japan, Chinese Taipei and China
Europe (2): Czech Republic and Germany
Oceania (1): New Zealand
Wild Card (1): Korea
The rescheduled dates of the next U-23 Baseball World Cup are 24 September to 3 October 2021 in the Mexican cities of Ciudad Obregon and Los Mochis.
Mexico won the last U-23 Baseball World Cup (Barranquilla 2018), marking Mexico's first-ever official world title in the sport of baseball.25 Years at #1: Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only