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Team Pakistan Update

MEDIA ADVISORY

Team Pakistan Travel Issues Result in Two Forfeitures To Date in the World Championships

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2016

Surrey, British Columbia: The national women’s softball team representing Pakistan at the WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship (Surrey 2016) has not yet received Canadian entry visitor visa’s for the teams’ coaching staff, and as a result the team has not yet travelled to Canada to compete in the event, which started July 15th.

Under WBSC rules, Team Pakistan remains in the World Championship tournament at this time, but has forfeited its first two games scheduled in the preliminary round robin portion of the tournament, first to Team Netherlands and now to Team Philippines. It is further anticipated that Team Pakistan will not arrive in time for their Sunday, July 17th game versus Team Czech Republic and will forfeit that game as well. Updates will be provided on the status of Team Pakistan in the coming days.

Representatives for both the event organizing body and the WBSC are hopeful Team Pakistan secures their travel documents in the coming days and is able to participate in the remaining days of the event.

Background:
Surrey 2016 is a ten-day softball world championship, which has a record setting 31 nations participating in the tournament, including national teams from Canada, France, Pakistan, Israel, USA, India, Ireland, China, and Japan. For more information on the event, which takes place July 15-24, 2016 at Softball City in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

For more information and to purchase tickets in time for the holidays, visit www.surrey2016.com. Find us on Twitter @Surrey_2016 or Facebook



About The WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship:
The WBSC XV Women’s World Softball Championship is operated by the SURREY 2016 Organizing Committee, which focuses on the advocacy and development of the sport of fastpitch. The event is built on the power of sports, where the athletes and teams of every softball-playing nation in the world have an opportunity to compete. For two decades, through the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society, they have accomplished this by staging a first class, family oriented elite international fastpitch championship. Throughout the event, female athletes have the opportunity to expand their potential and ability by being exposed to potential university and college scholarships as well as a source of inspiring and mentoring the youth of the sport


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