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BayStars/Cavalry press conference
Government officials back historic partnership
07/19/2018 12:07 AM ET
From L-R: Mr. Kyle Perkins, Mr. Sumio Kusaka, Mrs. Bec Cody, Mr. Andrew Barr
From L-R: Mr. Kyle Perkins, Mr. Sumio Kusaka, Mrs. Bec Cody, Mr. Andrew Barr 

Following the announcement of their strategic partnership with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, the Canberra Cavalry held a press conference this morning with a number of government dignitaries.

Canberra Cavalry Director Mr. Dan Amodio hosted the press conference, with ACT Chief Minister Mr. Andrew Barr and Ambassador of Japan to Australia His Excellency Mr. Sumio Kusaka in attendance. Canberra Cavalry and Team Australia catcher Kyle Perkins was joined by Member for Murrumbidgee Mrs. Bec Cody.

Mr. Barr is confident that the relationships between Canberra and Japan will continue to thrive following the Cavalry/BayStars partnership.

"The announcement is very significant to further enhance relations between Australia and Japan," Barr said.

"Sport brings people together, and the shared passion between our community and the Japanese community for baseball will ensure this partnership stands the test of time.

"Canberra continues to play a cultural leadership role with the Japanese community through our sister city relationship with Nara, and the Cavalry/BayStars partnership will only enhance the already strong ties with Japan."

Mr. Kusaka believes this partnership will fall into a long line of positive sporting exchanges.

"There are great stories of successful sporting exchanges between Australia and Japan, and this partnership between the BayStars and Cavalry will join that list," Mr. Kusaka said.

"Japanese and Australian baseball fans are head over heels with excitement about baseball's inclusion in Tokyo2020, and this partnership is a fantastic addition to the Australian and Japanese baseball landscapes."

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