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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Baseball, softball cite WBC success in Olympic bid

Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Baseball and softball leaders say their joint bid for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics has been boosted by the success of the World Baseball Classic.

Don Porter, co-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, says "we believe baseball and softball can become the next global game."

The Dominican Republic won the WBC by beating Puerto Rico 3-0 in the final of the 28-team tournament in San Francisco on March 19.

Organizers say the WBC, in its third edition since being launched in 2006, exceeded global broadcast and ticket sales targets.

WBSF co-president Riccardo Fraccari says the figures "clearly indicate that our sport could help further drive the Olympic brand in key and lucrative regions."