Baseball game was introduced in our country by the Amateur Baseball Federation of India. The Federation was established in December 1983 with an object to promote this game. On 11th December 1983 some Baseball lovers from Delhi, Manipur, Haryana, Gujarat, M.P. and West Bengal met at Rohtak (Haryana) and agreed to form a baseball Federation to promote baseball game through out the country. The Baseball Leaders also agreed that the Federation should become a member of Asian Baseball Federation and International Baseball Association. The leading persons at that time were Mr. P.C. Bhardwaj (Delhi) and Mr. E. Bijoy Singh (Manipur). Mr. P.C. Bhardwaj (Delhi) was appointed as Hony. Secretary and given responsibility to approach to Asian and International Baseball Authority for membership.
On 16th Sept. 1984 a seminar was organized to discuss the basic by laws and to hold the Ist National Baseball Championship to popularise this game. An application was move to International Baseball Association for Affiliation. An extraordinary Congress and 13th Baseball Asian Championship Series was to be held from 19th Jan. 1985 to 31 Jan. 1985 at Perth (Australia). Mr. P.C. Bhardwaj Hony. Secretary A.B.F.I. Attended the 13th Asian Baseball Championship Series at Perth. ABFI was approved as a member of B.F.A. on 19th Jan. 1985 in its meeting at Perth and I.B.A. also granted affiliation to A.B.F.I. on 8th Feb. 1985 at Seoul. Indian Olympic Association also recognized Amateur Baseball Federation of India.
Ist National Baseball Championship was organized by Baseball Association, Delhi from 25th Feb. to 28th Feb. 1985 at New Delhi. The Federation also introduced this game for women. A.B.F.I. was deeply grateful to B.F.A. for providing the Baseball equipment.
The Federation is determined to promote Baseball game through out the country. At present 25 States/UT are the affiliated member of the Federation. The Federation has organized 18 National Baseball Championship for Senior, 15 National Championship for Juniors, 15 National Championship for Sub-junior, apart from 5 National Little League Tournament between 11-13 years age group. The Indian team won Bronze medal in 1995 & Silver medal in 1999 in the Asian Cup Baseball Championship at International Level. Indian team also participated in "AA" and "AAA" Championship held at Seoul and Taiwan in which Indian team performance was appreciable. The federation has been sending participants under 11 years in the world Children Baseball Fair on the invitation from WCBF.
The Baseball game has been included in the school game by the School Games Federation of India since 1998. The Federation succeeded to introduce Baseball game at Grass Route Level. Sports Authority of India has introduced certificate course for Baseball Coaches at N.I.S. Patiala. The Baseball game has been included in the inter university sports competition by the AIU. since 2004.
The Indian Women's Baseball team participated in the World Baseball Series held in Japan 2004 & World Cup Baseball 2008 held at Matsuyama, Japan. A.B.F.I.'s most urgent task is to make Baseball Tremendously popular in India. The Federation will do its level best to achieve the goal under the leadership of Shri Ramakant S. Angle President ABFI, Shri P. C. Bhardwaj, Secretary General, ABFI.
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