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Report: Baseball World Cup Set for 2006

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    _http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1917367_ (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1917367) Saturday, November 6, 2004 Japanese report
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2004

      Saturday, November 6, 2004
      Japanese report agreement
      ESPN.com news services

      TOKYO -- The first World Cup of baseball will be held in March 2006,
      Japanese baseball officials told the Japan Times, following meetings involving
      American, Japanese and Korean officials.

      Agreement was reportedly reached following a meeting here Friday that
      included Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball,
      Japanese commissioner Yasuchika Negoro and Park Yong Oh, commissioner of the
      Korean Baseball Organization.

      No comment was forthcoming from DuPuy.

      Major League Baseball had proposed holding the inaugural World Cup with 16
      countries in March 2005, but Japan and South Korea wanted greater say in
      organizing the tournament and it was delayed.

      The Americans later relented, according to the Japanese newspaper, and
      agreed to set up an organizing committee and let Japan play a leadership role in
      the Asian round of the tournament.

      Working-level talks to organize the tournament will be held in New York in
      December, according to the paper, with an official announcement expected in the
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