SOFIA, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The baseball and softball federations in Bulgaria have joined forces, merging into the newly established Bulgarian Baseball and Softball Federation (BBSF), the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced on its website on Thursday.
Youri Alkalay has been elected as the body's first president with a two-year term and a further eight vice presidents form the BBSF's Executive Board.
Baseball and softball were introduced into Bulgaria at the end of the 1980s. The initial Bulgarian Baseball and Softball Federation was established in 1988, before splitting in 1998.
Bulgaria is currently ranked 57th in the WBSC men's baseball world rankings and 56th in women's softball world rankings.