The 3rd WBSC Congress in Sakai, Japan was hailed as a great success with new federations welcomed to the WBSC family and honours presented to some of the major stars of WBSC and the international baseball and softball community.
The WBSC welcomed seven new members to its family during a dynamic 3rd World Congress held in Sakai, Japan on Thursday.
The new members (listed below) were unanimously voted in by the WBSC Congress, bringing the total number of WBSC member federations to 200 plus 13 associate members:
- Bermuda Baseball
- Laos Baseball
- Benin Baseball & Softball
- Bangladesh Baseball & Softball
- Palestine Baseball & Softball
- Egypt Baseball & Softball
- Kosovo Baseball & Softball
The Nauru Federation was earlier elected out of the office following a recommendation by their NOC on the grounds of inactivity.
A total of 330 delegates representing 138 member organizations (including associate members) from 97 countries and regions attended the 2019 WBSC Congress, which received a presentation from the Italian Association Baseball Played By The Blind providing federations with a Paralympic opportunity going forward. WBSC also offered to support any federations willing to proceed in this direction.
The WBSC Congress finished with its Annual Awards.