The newly elected Amateur Baseball Federation of India president, N.K. Singh, on Wednesday pledged to promote the game in Bihar.
“We want to take the game to schools and colleges, create maximum awareness of it and organise more tournaments in the state,” said Singh, who is originally from Jehanabad district.
“I will ensure that the game gets proper attention at the national and state levels,” he added.
Singh was elected to the post on January 28.
Though the federation would organise many events in the 2013-14 session, none of those would be held in Bihar.
Ajay Narayan Sharma, the secretary of Bihar Baseball Association, said: “There are many factors why baseball tournaments could not be organised here this year. First, being associated with cricket, I had many engagements. Second, there is only one stadium in Patna — Moinul Haque Stadium — where baseball matches could be organised. However, we are concerned about availability of quality equipment and flow of funds.”
In 1992, the national championship of baseball (men’s category) was held in Bihar. A national tournament was also held in 1986, while five players from Bihar were in the national team till 1996. Sharma said: “I have requested the federation to give us a chance to organise an international tournament in future.”