— Published 18 January 2022

A season without downtime

Their return to the Olympic world will have been short-lived – additional sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, they were not selected for Paris 2024 – but baseball and softball are preparing for a year 2022 rich in international events. The world body in charge of the two disciplines, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), has unveiled the main dates of the season’s calendar, approved this week by its executive committee. It includes four world events in baseball and the same number in softball, plus the first edition of the Baseball World Cup5. Softball is on the programme of the World Games, scheduled for 7-17 July in Birmingham, USA. In baseball, the season will be dominated by the organisation of a World Cup for each of the four age categories below the seniors: under 12, 15, 18 and 23.