The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee officially, together with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the new Olympic softball and baseball schedules as part of the confirmed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games competition programme in 2021.
The Olympic softball event will have the honour of being the first event to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with the first game at 09:00 on Wednesday 21 July 2021, at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium, with the Gold Medal Game scheduled for 27 July at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.
The baseball tournament at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 will open on Wednesday, 28 July 2021, Day 5 of the Olympic Games, at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium. The rest of the tournament will be played at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium.
"We are pleased to be able to announce the confirmed new dates for the return of softball and baseball to the Olympic Games," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. "We are also proud to be able to open the Games and have great respect that our sport will be making its Olympic comeback in Fukushima, a city that embodies more than any other sport's power to unite and rebuild communities."
Japan's second Summer Olympic Games are expected to be remembered as a powerful symbol of recovery and resurgence, being held after the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Olympic baseball and softball events are set to play a special role, with a total of seven games -- the first six softball games and the opening baseball fixture -- scheduled in Fukushima, a region that has been undergoing a continued regeneration following the devastating 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Headquartered in Pully, Switzerland -- adjacent to Lausanne, the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 211 National Federation and Associate Members in 138 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, the World Baseball Classic and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's), and the Softball World Cups, (Men's, Women's, U-18 Men's, U-18 Women's and U-12 Mixed), and Baseball5 as well as Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 events at the Olympic Games.
For more information, visit www.wbsc.org, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.