WBSC Postpones Olympic Baseball Qualifier Because of COVID
4 Mar, 2020
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), together with host Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA) and the Chinese Taipei Professional Baseball League (CPBL), announced that the WBSC Baseball Final Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, scheduled to take place in Taichung and Dou Liu, TPE, from 1-5 April, has been postponed to 17-21 June due to player, personnel and spectator health and safety measures against the spread of the coronavirus.
After consulting with medical and governmental authorities, a joint decision by the WBSC and the Local Organising Committee was taken to postpone the event.
The six teams set to compete in the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier include host Chinese Taipei, Australia, China, the Netherlands and the second- and third-place finishers from the upcoming WBSC Americas Baseball Qualifier, which is scheduled for 22-26 March in Surprise and Tempe, Arizona.
The winner of the Final qualifier will earn the sixth and final berth into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball tournament.
Four nations have already qualified for baseball at the 2020 Olympics: host Japan, Israel, Korea and Mexico.