The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Riccardo Fraccari, made statements to the specialised press on the Latin American stadium this Friday afternoon, as a part of his go to to our nation to honor the sixtieth anniversary of the I National Series.
He highlighted the position of the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) within the group of the 61st SNB, and ratified the desire of the WBSC to help the event of the self-discipline in Cuba.
“We will seek to technically promote the sport. We have already dealt with important projects and, in addition, we have verified how the authorities take very seriously what is programmed for this push that Cuban baseball needs.”
Fraccari known as consideration to the non-participation of Cuban baseball within the Tokyo Olympics. “You have to reflect, Cuban baseball has not been good in recent years. It had never happened that Cuba did not attend some Games in baseball. Solutions must be sought, at this time when the WBSC is experiencing a ‘new era’”, he stated.
In relation to contracted athletes ratified the desire of his entity to help the insertion of Cuban gamers in international leagues.
“We are conscious of why the settlement with Major League Baseball (MLB) was blocked through the Donald Trump administration and it is a matter that we’ve got mentioned with MLB.
“But the problem can’t just be with the MLB, there are other foreign leagues in which Cuban baseball players can join and we can help them compete abroad and return to the country. A solution must be found, because what happened in the U-23 World Cup must not happen again,” he stated.
He insisted that a approach should be achieved in order that the contracted athletes adjust to the Cuban championship after which with the leagues overseas. “I am very happy that this is the mentality that I notice at FCB.”
Regarding the presence of baseball in Olympic occasions, he famous that the length of every recreation must be scheduled between three and 7 innings, as has been established in world championships, which has led to the discount of 45 minutes within the matches.
“The impact is that the variety of gamers decreases and that, from the seventh inning, the variations between the groups that face one another start to be seen.
“Today, baseball must modernize and compete with different sports activities. In addition, it should be more and more attention-grabbing to younger folks, be extra engaging. And that should be achieved by us, given the progress and acceptance of soccer,” he added.
Equally, highlighted the world improvement of baseball 5particularly on the African continent.
He specified that each one the occasions of the Confederation are scheduled at their respective venues till 2024, though The WBSC is keen to research the necessities established for when Cuba requests to arrange a global occasion.
Questioned by the press in regards to the WBSC’s place concerning the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, he acknowledged that “Olympism should never be mixed with politics or prevent the participation of athletes in these events.”
The Italian federation arrived in Cuba yesterday and will probably be there till the 18th. “I plan to visit facilities in the province of Cienfuegos and visit my great friend, Antonio Muñoz,” he stated.