By Emily Goddard

Hosting rights of the 2016 Baseball World Cups have been awarded to Japan, Mexico, South Korea ©WBSCSouth Korea will host the 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today.

The 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games host nation will welcome an expanded version of the competition, which will grow to 12 participating nations in 2016 from this year's eight-team tournament due to take place in the Japanese city of Miyazaki on September 1 to 7.

The sport's world governing body has also awarded the 2016 editions of the Under-15 and Under-21 World Cups to Japan and Sinaloa, Mexico respectively.

The Under-15 event will feature 12 countries competing for the gold and means Japan will host a Baseball World Championship for three successive years, following next month's Women's Baseball World Cup and the 2015 Under-18 Baseball World Cup, which will be staged at the Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo.

Sinaloa recently hosted the Under 15 Baseball World Cup where Cuba were crowned world champions ©Getty ImagesSinaloa recently hosted the Under 15 Baseball World Cup where Cuba were crowned world champions ©Getty Images

Meanwhile, the 2016 Under-21 World Cup will be only the second edition of the tournament following the inaugural event, which will take place in Taichung, Taiwan from November 7 to 16 this year.

"We are extremely delighted with these excellent bids that derive from key markets," Riccardo Fraccari, President of the WBSC, said.

"Continuing to attract high-quality hosts to successfully deliver and showcase our events is a key indicator of baseball and softball's global appeal and popularity, and of the lasting legacy and value returned to the hosts."

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