Welcome to this daily summary of the maiden WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup, giving you the latest news and key updates on the new WBSC event.
Tokyo, Japan – The WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup provides a perfect vehicle of continuing the legacy of Tokyo 2020 and making it a platform for younger athletes to reach their Olympic dreams and inspire more to pursue softball.
The event will take place across three venues – Komazawa Olympic Park Sports Complex Baseball Stadium, Setagaya City Okura Sports Centre Baseball Ground and Ota Stadium – in Tokyo, Japan from 21-29 October.
“Earlier this week, we saw softball confirmed as part of the sports programme for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 2028,” WBSC secretary general Beng Choo Low said during her speech at the press conference on Friday.
“This came after much hard work done by the WBSC and our other stakeholders, and we believe that the global nature of our sport played a large role in its selection. It is also fitting that we are here in Tokyo for this event, two years after softball took centre stage during the Tokyo Games.
“There, we saw softball’s biggest stars compete for the gold medal during an exciting competition, and the IOC’s announcement means that we will see future Olympians in action at the World Cup.”
Group A consists of hosts and world No. 2 Japan, No. 5 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Mexico, No. 8 Italy, No. 18 Peru and No. 23 New Zealand.
World No. 1 USA, No. 3 Puerto Rico, No. 10 Czechia, No. 16 Brazil and No. 21 Philippines are in Group B.
Unfortunately, due to various travel-related issues, Uganda will not take part in the tournament, therefore a total of 11 teams will be participating.
All games of the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup will be broadcast live on GameTime, the WBSC’s online streaming service, with the opening ceremony also simultaneously streamed on the WBSC’s official YouTube channel (geo-blocking restrictions may apply).
Tournament and Daily Passes are some of the options to watch the WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup on GameTime.