29 March 2017
Sergey Bubka, IOC Executive Board member and Ukraine’s NOC President, welcomed Michael Schmidt, the Executive Director of World Baseball Softball Confederation, at NOC headquarters, Kyiv, on Wednesday, March 29th, to discuss growth of the sport in the country.
Andriy Nikolaenko, President of the National Baseball/Softball Federation, Vasyl Kysil, Federation’s Vice President, and Sergei Larin, Member of Ukraine’s Parliament, who had been helping the development of these sports for years, joined the meeting.
Sergey Bubka said the inclusion of baseball and softball into 2020 Olympics will help the sport to make next step. Bubka commented, ‘These sports have lots of advantages and lots of history and traditions. Young people love team games, which are instrumental to bring them outdoor and make them healthier and more competitive’.
Michael Schmidt claimed, ‘The support of governmental and non-governmental institutions is extremely important for developing baseball and softball. It will help us to involve more kinds to baseball/softball schools’.
Mr Bubka made a presentation of NOC’s activities and projects aimed at promoting sports and Olympic movement. He said, ‘We have Olympic Day and Week’ projects, as well as Olympic Lesson. We help publish dozens of sport-related books which are helpful to introduce Olympic sports, including baseball and softball, to people’.