Taipei, Taiwan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 4th Congress of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Asian Baseball Federation (BFA) was held from July 3 to 5, 2022 at the Taipei Marriott Hotel and was attended by more than 200 delegates from 138 countries. During the event, President Jeffrey JL Koo, Jr. of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) was elected President of the BFA with the support of representatives from member countries such as Japan and China.
When Jeffrey LS Koo, the founder of CTBC Bank, served as the Republic of China’s Goodwill Ambassador, he made friends with others through golf on the international stage. Inheriting this spirit, President Jeffrey JL Koo, Jr. increased Taiwan’s international visibility through international baseball exchanges while cementing Taiwan’s central position in the baseball world.
In his victory speech, Koo expressed his gratitude to his supporters and pledged to take Asian baseball to the next level. He also promised to unite member countries to “stand strong as one, as a family.”
The newly elected BFA President specially thanked his predecessor, Tom CH Peng, for encouraging him to join the world of Asian baseball. Koo said Peng was the man behind the scenes, taking a more active role in finding Taiwan’s opportunity to host many international baseball events.
Koo pointed out that while most sporting events around the world were suspended over a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Taiwan was one of the few countries to hold baseball games in direct, indicating that baseball is not just the national sport. sport of which the Taiwanese are proud but also an essential entertainment for the public.
The U-12 Baseball World Cup, to be held in the city of Tainan in Taiwan at the end of July, is his top priority when he takes office, Koo added. He said his first major task was to turn the U-12 Baseball World Cup into the most popular international baseball tournament for baseball fans around the world. He believes that BFA will always be a trusted partner of WBCS and establish effective channels of communication and collaboration between countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Oceania to build a better future for baseball in Asia.