Riccardo Fraccari: Cuban baseball must reflect on why it did not go to the Tokyo Olympics

The Italian federation exchanged with the specialized press. Photo: Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate.

The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Riccardo Fraccari, made statements to the specialized press at the Latin American stadium this Friday afternoon, as part of his visit to the country to honor 60 years of the I National Series.

He highlighted the role of the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) in the organization of the 61st SNB, and ratified the will of the WBSC to support the development of the discipline in Cuba.

“Above all we will try to technically promote the sportWe have already dealt with important projects for that push that Cuban baseball needs. In addition, we have verified how the authorities take what is scheduled for this step very seriously.”

Likewise, he called attention to the non-participation of Cuban baseball in 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 in this regard, at this time when the WBSC is experiencing a new era,” he said.

Regarding the presence of baseball in Olympic events, he noted that the duration of each game should be between three and seven innings, as has been established in world championships, which has led to the reduction of 45 minutes in the matches.

“The effect is that the number of players decreases, and that from the seventh inning the differences between the teams that face each other begin to be seen.

“Today, baseball needs to modernize and compete with other sports. In addition, you should be more and more interested in young people, be more attractive. And we must achieve that, given the advancement of football, “he added.

He highlighted the world development of baseball five, especially in the African continent.

He specified that all the events of the Confederation are scheduled in their corresponding venues until 2024, although the WBSC is willing to enter into analysis for when Cuba requests.

The Italian federation arrived in Cuba yesterday and will be there until the 18th. “I plan to visit facilities in the province of Cienfuegos and visit my great friend, Antonio Muñoz,” he said.

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Riccardo Fraccari: Cuban baseball must reflect on why it did not go to the Tokyo Olympics