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Japan planting seeds of baseball throughout Africa

Mr Ogawa (centre), a volunteer who teaches baseball through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with his team during practice in Dakar.

Dakar, Senegal

BABACAR Ndiaye, 12, does not know Babe Ruth from Bryce Harper. The boy's favourite baseball player is Ryoma Ogawa, who teaches Senegalese children to catch, throw, field and hit.

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