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June 19, 2020

Sri Lanka wants to become one of Asia's baseball powerhouses


Baseball was introduced in Sri Lanka in the 1980s. The federation has set a five-year goal of climbing the baseball ladder in Asia.

Sri Lanka aims to become one of the top baseball hotspots in Asia. The baseball community counts right now around 4,500 players, so it may sound like a bold goal in a region where world superpowers like Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei have been dominating for decades and where China is emerging.

Sri Lanka’s first ever baseball facility, the Japan-Sri Lanka Friendship Baseball Ground, was officially opened less than 10 years ago, in December 2012, in Diyagama.

"I agree with you," Romario De Silva, the Head of Development of the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association (SLABSA) told the WBSC. "Our target is to narrow the gap and get into the top tier within the next five years."

Currently 37th in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, Sri Lanka won the West Asia Baseball Championship in 2017 and 2019, defeating in both cases the higher-ranked Pakistan, the world No. 27.