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PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) – New Zealand and Mexico will face-off at 9:30 a.m. PDT when the International Softball Federation XIII Women’s World Championship gets underway on July 13 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.  The match-up was part of the 66-game schedule released by the ISF on Wedneday for the fastpitch event. 

Sixteen countries – the maximum participation allowed under ISF Code – will compete in the tournament, which will end with the medal games on July 22.   Opening Ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. on the 13th, followed immediately by the host team, Canada, taking on Chinese Taipei on the same field. 

In addition to the six teams noted above, other national teams participating include: Australia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Africa, United States, and Venezuela, which gives representation from all five regions (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania). 

“We are looking forward to a competitive and entertaining world championship in Whitehorse,” ISF President Don Porter said.  “The level of play continues to provide a good challenge for the athletes and this event will be no different.  The spectators and media will be impressed by what they see.” 

The Americans are the defending champions, having defeated Japan in 2010 in Venezuela.  This (2012) is the first year that the ISF world championships are starting an every-two-years rotation after having been one a year every four years.  (The IX Jr. Men’s World Championship is set for this November in Paraná, Argentina.)  

The official event website for the world championship in Whitehorse is www.worldfastpitch2012.comwww.worldfastpitch2012.com.

To view the complete schedule, click here

- Courtesy of the ISF

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