CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Thurs. Dec. 9, 2009: A 39-year-old son of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has been elected as a vice-president of the International Baseball Federation.
Antonio `Tony` Castro was elected to the post of third vice president at a meeting in Switzerland last weekend. He along with Puerto Rico`s Israel Roldan are now the only two Caribbean nationals on the board.
Tony Castro is the team doctor for the national baseball squad in the communist-run island, where the sport of baseball was brought from the United States in the 1860s.
Founded in 1938, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is a non-governmental organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering men`s and women`s baseball at the world level. Located in Lausanne, Switzerland – the Olympic Capital – and counting 125 National Member Federations, the IBAF organizes the IBAF Men`s and Women`s Baseball World Cup, the AAA (18U) and AA (16U) World Championships, the Olympic Games Baseball Tournament, and it sanctions the World Baseball Classic, among other international baseball tournaments. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball around the world.