2005 International Sports Invitational

May 11, 2005, 2:37 p.m. (ET)

2005 International Sports Invitational

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today the creation of the 2005 International Sports Invitational featuring the sports of basketball, softball and volleyball. The competition will take place in San Diego and Chula Vista, Calif. June 7-12 and will feature 252 athletes from six countries.
 
The U.S. Women’s Softball Team will be back together for the first time since their unprecedented run to gold in Athens last summer and will compete on the familiar grounds of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The U.S. women will compete against China, Canada and Australia in a four-nation tournament.
 
“To have our entire team back together for the first time since Athens is going to be incredible,” said Olympic gold medalist Jennie Finch. “Most of us haven’t seen each other since we left and now we are going to be back on the field competing together as a team once again.”
 
2005 International Sports Invitational Softball Schedule of Events 
*** All games will be played at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. ***
Thursday, June 9 China vs. Australia 2 p.m.
USA vs. Canada 4 p.m.
Friday, June 10 Australia vs. Canada 2 p.m.
USA vs. China 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 China vs. Canada 9 a.m.
USA vs. Australia 11 a.m.
Semi- Final #1 2 p.m.
Semi-Final #2 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 Final – Bronze Medal Game 12:00 p.m.
Grand Final – Gold Medal Game 2 p.m.
 
“We’re pleased to offer a quality competition for the sports of basketball, softball and volleyball in the San Diego area,” said Steve Roush, Chief of Sport Performance for the USOC. “The USOC and the National Governing Bodies involved were resolute in the commitment to provide a domestic competition for U.S. athletes in these sports this summer.”
 
"We are excited to partner with the United States Olympic Committee on the 2005 International Sports Invitational coming to San Diego," said Joe Moeller, President of the San Diego International Sports Council. "This competition will certainly bring the Olympic spirit to our region and we look forward to great performances from these athletes."
 
“Being able to compete at our home training center in Chula Vista is going to be a thrill,” Finch said. “I’m looking forward to having the other athletes from the USOC Training Center and our friends and family in the stands cheering us on as we begin the defense of our Olympic gold medal.”
 
The event will coincide with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. Ticket information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
 
About ASA 
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 89 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams and 40,000 umpires today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
 
About USA Softball 
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.
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