Nigeria has been drawn in Group B alongside USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Korea, Panama, Russia and Pakistan for the forthcoming 2nd International Baseball Federation (IBAF) U12 Baseball World Cup in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei.
The tournament which kicks off from July 18- 28 has host Chinese Taipei drawn in Group A alongside Mexico, Japan, Italy, Colombia, Czech republic, India and Hong Kong.
The inaugural edition of this tournament was won by the host team Chinese Taipei. Team Chinese Taipei defeated Cuba in a thrilling final to claim the title.
Nigeria are among the first- timers at this year’s IBAF U12 Baseball World cup, others are: United States, Colombia, Czech Republic, India, Panama, Russia and Pakistan.
Participating teams are scheduled to arrive on July 16. During the first round- July18-25 (July 23 being rest day)- a round robbing will be played with the top four teams of each pool advancing to the quarter- finals.
The quarter and semi- finals are scheduled for July 26 and 27 with the final and third- place match billed for July 28.
Tien Mou Stadium, Youth Park and Shing- Sheng Stadium, all in Taipei City are the venues for the 2nd IBAF U12 Baseball World Cup.
The Executive Board’s decision on curveballs earlier this year means curveballs are allowed at this year’s IBAF Baseball tournament.