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Asia Series officially cancelled for 2014
Irreconcilable scheduling conflicts among reasons cited
10/07/2014 12:16 AM ET
The Perth Heat were slated to represent the ABL in this year's Asia Series.
The Perth Heat were slated to represent the ABL in this year's Asia Series. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

INCHEON, South Korea, 7 October - The participating committee members of the Asia Series reached a unanimous decision at the recent Asia Series Steering Committee meeting held in Incheon, Korea, that Asia Series 2014 has been officially cancelled due to irreconcilable scheduling conflicts and several extenuating circumstances.

In making the decision the Steering Committee took many factors into consideration including; the resignation of Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) Commissioner, Jenn-Tai Hwang and re-arrangements of the CPBL Executive Board, scheduling conflicts with the planned Nippon Professional Baseball- Major League Baseball series featuring the Samurai Japan team in November, and the interruption and extension of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) regular season to allow KBO players to participate in the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, Korea. These factors all contributed to the difficulty of securing a suitable date for the event.

Despite the unfortunate decision to cancel Asia Series 2014, all organizations reaffirmed their dedication to promoting international baseball in conjunction with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and its President, Riccardo Fraccari, who was present at the meeting. Together with the WBSC, the Asia Series Organizations will continue to progress the globalization of baseball and provide their full support to the reinstatement of our beloved sport to the Olympic Games

Since 2005, seven Asia Series tournaments have been held in three countries. Further plans of Asia Series 2015 will be discussed in the next steering meeting scheduled for early 2015.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.