Posted by on July 19, 2017 7:32 am
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Categories: Africa Tournaments

The Paris-based Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS) is staging its first-ever U-12 youth international baseball tournament.

The four-nation youth baseball showcase will take place from 18-21 July in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, as a demonstration event ahead of the Francophone Games.

The U-12 Youth National Teams of host Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, France and Ghana are set to compete in the WBSC-sanctioned Francophone baseball event.

“Increasing baseball’s global footprint and bringing the more sporting opportunities to French-speaking nations is the essence of our institution and what we have been entrusted to do by the World Baseball Softball Confederation,” said AFBS President Didier Seminet.

The Francophone Games are held every four years and bring together hundreds of athletes and artists from across the Francophone world. This event is the only major international event that present both sports and cultural competitions. The Games are a unique opportunity to showcase the scope and originality of the French culture as well as athletic ability in French-speaking countries around the world.

WBSC is actively supporting the first-ever Francophone international baseball tournament.

“Congratulations to the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “This is a historic event for many reasons. This is the first international baseball event hosted in the Ivory Coast, and for it to be a Francophone youth event makes it a particular milestone for our sport.”

AFBS and WBSC are targeting growth among young French speakers around the world, which encompass approximately 84 nations and a market of 800 million people.

Source: WBSC

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of Mister-Baseball.com and also started BaseballdeWorld.com.

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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