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The World University Baseball Championship is an international baseball championship for national under-23 teams. It was established in 2002 and was played biannually until it was canceled for 2012 due to lack of teams. It is run by the IBAF and is sponsored by Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, International University Sports Federation). The FISU had previously sponsored baseball at two Universiades in the early 1990s. The and has been competitive in its first several editions. It has become an outlet for players too old for the Junior World Championships but not yet active on a professional level. Many of the performers have appeared in Major League Baseball, Nippon Pro Baseball or the Cuban National Series.

[edit] Tournament results

Year Host City Dates Teams MVP Gold Silver Bronze
2002 Messina, Italy August 2 - August 11 10 Orelvis Avila Flag of Cuba Cuba Flag of United States United States Flag of Japan Japan
2004 Tainan City, Taiwan July 24 - August 1 7 Ryan Zimmerman Flag of United States United States Flag of Japan Japan Flag of South Korea South Korea
2006 La Habana, Cuba August 6-August 16 11 J.P. Arencibia Flag of United States United States Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Flag of Cuba Cuba
2008 Czech Republic (several sites) July 17-July 27 7 Blake Smith Flag of United States United States Flag of Japan Japan Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
2010 Japan (several sites) July 30-August 7 8 Alfredo Despaigne Flag of Cuba Cuba Flag of United States United States Flag of Japan Japan

[edit] Competiting nations

Bold indicates host nation
Nation 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010 Games Gold Silver Bronze
The Bahamas The Bahamas 11 1 0 0 0
Flag of Canada Canada 9 6 5 5 4 0 0 0
Flag of People's Republic of China China 7 7 2 0 0 0
Flag of Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 4 4 S B 6 5 0 1 1
Flag of Cuba Cuba G B G 3 2 0 1
Flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 8 5 10 6 4 0 0 0
Flag of France France 10 1 0 0 0
Flag of Italy Italy 6 5 2 0 0 0
Flag of Japan Japan B S 4 S B 5 0 2 2
Flag of Lithuania Lithuania 7 1 0 0 0
Flag of Mexico Mexico 7 7 2 0 0 0
Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua 8 1 0 0 0
Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 6 1 0 0 0
Flag of South Korea South Korea 5 B 4 4 4 0 0 1
Flag of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 8 1 0 0 0
Flag of United States United States S G G G S 5 3 2 0
Flag of United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands 9 1 0 0 0
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