Baseball, softball cite WBC success in Olympic bid

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Miguel Tejada of the Dominican Republic dives to make a catch in foul territory in the seventh inning as Moises Sierra looks on during the Championship Round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park on March 19, 2013 in San Francisco. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:39 AM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — 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."

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