The Fiji Baseball and Softball Association (FIBSA) received a timely gift from the Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC).

FIBSA said in a statement it had received continental equipment for which Fiji had submitted a request in 2020.

After 20 years of development work through their community youth initiative, FIBSA is now showing a lot of positive reviews from the WBSC and other stakeholders with this continental amenities valued at $ 5,000.

The equipment arrived in Fiji this week with help from the relevant authorities as Fiji Baseball applied for a concession of rights which was approved months before the shipment arrived in the country.

Secretary-General Inoke Niubalavu said years of hard work were paying off and the early arrival of the equipment would boost the Fiji men’s baseball team’s readiness for the Pacific mini-games in Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan) in July 2022.

The gift includes 135 gloves, 24 softball bats, 30 baseball bats, 24 helmets, 12 sets of receiving equipment and 18 bags of equipment.

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation seeks to spur global development and capture the wave of momentum of successful baseball and softball performances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A massive distribution of baseball and softball equipment to continental bodies, including baseball5 in Africa, and for the first time Fiji will be responsible for the southern continent as part of the development plan of the world governing body to accelerate globalization of the game, especially following the success of baseball and softball at the recent Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The equipment includes for the four continents: 4,020 baseballs5, 2,400 baseballs, 1,520 soft balls, 1,114 gloves, 410 bats, 469 full uniforms, 162 batting helmets, 72 catcher’s sets and 78 bags of equipment.

Each continental governing body will then report to the WBSC Development Commission on distributions to National Federations where the WBSC intends to monitor how this equipment [is being/will be] used.