The Brazilian Baseball and Softball Confederation (CBBS, Confederaçao Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol) has inaugurated the first-ever artificial turf baseball infield in the country.

The artificial turf covers the home plate area and the infield of the main venue at the federation’s Yakult training centre in Ibiúna, São Paulo.

The project was funded by the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB). COB’s Director-General Rogério Sampaio, a former judo Olympic gold medal, attended the inauguration.

“This synthetic turf has been a dream for a long time,” CBBS president Jorge Otsuka said.

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