International federation sets draw for 2009 World Cup

Updated: September 12, 2008, 2:33 PM ET
Associated Press

REGENSBURG, Germany -- The International Baseball Federation allocated the first round of next year's World Cup to five European countries on Friday in another effort to give the sport a wider international profile in its quest to return to the Olympics.

"Here in Europe, baseball is considered an American sport that is also played elsewhere," IBAF general secretary John Ostermeyer said. "With this effort we are trying to make it also here an international sport that is played in America."

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