WBSC President’s visit to Senegal includes Baseball5 progress ahead of Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games – World Baseball Softball Confederation
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WBSC President’s visit to Senegal includes Baseball5 progress ahead of Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games – World Baseball Softball Confederation

In an important step towards further developing baseball and softball in Senegal, World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) President Riccardo Fraccari visited the country this week as it prepares to host the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games, where Baseball5 will make its Olympic debut.

During the visit, which underlined the WBSC’s commitment to promoting Baseball5 in Senegal and ensuring the success of the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar (pictured), the WBSC President met with representatives of the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026, the government and local authorities, OlympAfrica, as well as the Comité National de Promotion (CNP) for Baseball and Softball in Senegal.

The main objective was to promote and develop Baseball5, a mixed, dynamic and urban WBSC discipline that requires minimal costs and equipment to play. With Baseball5 set to be part of the Dakar 2026 programme, discussions focused on training coaches, integrating the sport into schools and building a strong national team for the Youth Olympic Games.

“Visit to Dakar, the future host of the 2026 Youth Olympic Games, was an incredible experience, witnessing first-hand how the city is embracing this important event was truly inspiring,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Watching the youth of this vibrant country play Baseball5 and witnessing their enthusiasm for the game was a highlight of the trip. The passion and support for Baseball5 here will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy and I am confident in the future of the sport throughout Senegal.”

President Fraccari, joined by WBSC Development Commission Chairman Angelo Vicini, met with the CNP, the body responsible for promoting the sport and aspiring to become a full-fledged National Federation of the WBSC. Discussions focused on the distribution of equipment, training, development and future growth. Remarkably, the WBSC agreed to send Baseball5 balls, which are all that is needed to practice the sport, to support the development of Baseball5 in Senegal.

In addition, the WBSC President held a motivational meeting with the broader CNP team, including the President, General Secretary and coaches. Together, they presented a short-term project to prepare coaches and players for Dakar 2026, as well as a long-term vision and commitment to developing Baseball5 and ultimately baseball and softball in the country.

President Fraccari also met with Khady Diène Gaye, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, who expressed strong support for Baseball5, especially in rural areas and schools. A meeting was later held with Moussa Taye, Director of the Cabinet, at Dakar City Hall, and the city expressed its willingness to support the development of Baseball5 with resources such as pitches.

Additionally, the President received an update from OlympAfrica highlighting Baseball5’s growing presence in its facilities across Africa and the possibility of hosting training and matches at the Dakar facility in the future.

Meanwhile, meetings with Dakar 2026 coordinator Ibrahima Wade and sports director Balla Dièye focused on the Baseball5 tournament at the Youth Olympic Games, ensuring productive coordination ahead of the Games. The President also had the opportunity to witness a Baseball5 match at the Finals Dakar tournament, which demonstrated Senegal’s growing passion for Baseball5.