Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 16, 2022: Softball Asia held an Executive Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday afternoon to finalise many of its tournaments which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic during the last two years.
Softball Asia President Datuk Low Beng Choo, who is also Secretary General of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and Chair of the WBSC-Asia Baseball Commission, chaired the meeting and said it was good to meet face-to-face again.
“This meeting is very important for us to move forward and get back on track. We in Asia have a lot to do to catch up in softball which has progressed tremendously. Covid-19 was no help,” Low said.
“We have also decided to have this meeting to coincide with the Asia Cup Baseball 5 which will begin tomorrow (Wednesday), so that members can witness the tournament and have first-hand knowledge of how the tournament is managed and experience the new 5-on-5 sport discipline which is fast, exciting, can be played on any surface, small area and minimum equipment.”
After a welcome and opening speech by Chairman Pan Yi Chuan and Low, it was down to business immediately to name the host of all the tournaments which were postponed and with utmost urgency because all these tournaments serve as qualifiers for the World Cup.
The decisions included:
*Women Softball Asia Cup 2023, due to take place in Korea in April/May 2023. Three teams to qualify for World Cup.
*U15 Women Softball Asia Cup 2023: New dates to be finalised in China. Two teams to qualify.
*U18 Men Softball Asia Cup 2023: Thailand and Malaysia will discuss to host the tournament not later than June. Two teams to qualify.
*Slow Pitch Softball Asia Cup 2023 in Malaysia. Three teams to qualify.
*Asian Universities Women Asia Cup Softball 2022 tournament, Pattaya, Thailand from December 14-17. Teams: Hong Kong China, India Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Korea.
The Asia Cup Baseball5 will take place in Kuala Lumpur from Wednesday to Friday.
For full details of the meeting, see: https://asiasoftball.com