Porter: “This agreement will leave a lasting legacy across Africa.”

BERLIN, GERMANY — The International Softball Federation has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding with Olympafrica International Foundation to promote sports development in Africa.

The ISF will provide equipment and softball coaches will undertake workshops in 14 different African countries including Burundi, Cameroon, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Lesotho, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, and Zambia.

Additionally, the ISF will work with Olympafrica to help determine funding for new sports projects and provide additional equipment and support across the continent.

ISF President Don Porter said, “I am delighted that we have signed this historic agreement today. This is the latest example of softball’s commitment to promoting sport in developing communities.

“We have seen tangible evidence of the impact softball has had to help promote peace and understanding, friendship and respect and, of course, to promote sport, and I am confident that this agreement will leave a lasting legacy across Africa.”

Olympafrica Executive Director Thierno Diack said, “Olympafrica has seen how committed the ISF is to Africa in recent years and we’re proud to be signing an MOU with them. Softball is growing in Africa at a tremendous rate and this agreement will help us to build on that and use softball to promote sport across the continent.”

Olympafrica works with the International Olympic Committee and International Amateur Athletics Federation to provide sports centers, coaching, and facilities to all African National Olympic Committees. As a social development program through sport, Olympafrica proposes a wide range of sports and socio-educational activities. More than 250 activities are now carried out in Olympafrica Centers on a regular basis.

This is the second major development by the ISF in Africa in recent months. In April at an African Softball Forum in Gambia the ISF committed USD$100,000 in grants in conjunction with development projects with the African Softball Confederation that include a program at the university level through FISU (International University Sports Federation), and now with Olympafrica.

Softball was first featured in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and last year’s competition in Beijing was very successful with a total attendance close to 180,000 and a continuation of the sport’s excellent record of no positive doping tests at any of the four Summer Olympics that the sport has been a part of.

Further information is available in the OTHER DOCUMENTS section of www.BackSoftball.com.

For more information please contact ISF Director of Communications Bruce Wawrzyniak at brucew@internationalsoftball.com, +1 813 864 0100 or +1 813 453 8762 or David Alexander at David.Alexander@Calacus.com or +44 7802 412424.