In a massive coup for local sports, The Botswana Softball Association (BSA) will host the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Congress in Gaborone this weekend.
Over 300 delegates from 130 countries will converge on the country’s capital for this elective congress, the second to be hosted in Africa.
The last congress was held in Oklahoma City, USA, in 2015, where Botswana successfully presented its bid to host this year’s event.
Future hosts of the Baseball World Cups and Softball World Championships will be awarded, including the rights to host next year’s Under-15 Baseball World Cup, Under-23 Baseball World Cup and Women’s Baseball World Cup.
BSA’s delighted President, Tirelo Mukokomani explained the congress is in line with the Botswana National Sports Commission’s (BNSC) desire to bring high profile events to the country.
He believes the high-profile event will also create awareness amongst Batswana of softball and baseball as a sport.
“This is not only for the benefit of sports but the tourism industry, as a number of guests have opted to remain behind after the Congress to visit places of interest in the various parts of this country.
“This is a big event; major decisions will be made here and it will go down in the history of our sport. Our country has invested a lot in softball development and it is high time it gains something in return,” concluded the BSA boss.