The World Baseball Softball Confederation will stage its WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier from May 31 through June 5 in The Palm Beaches & St. Lucie County, Florida, as eight national teams will play for one spot in the upcoming six-team 2020 Olympic Summer Games tournament in Tokyo.
Games will be played at Clover Park in St. Lucie County and The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. The competing participants will be split into two groups to start the qualifier. In Group A will be the United States, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nicaragua. In Group B will be Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia.
“The teams and the entire baseball world are all looking forward to this exciting moment to arrive on the road to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “Now with the dates and venues locked in place, anticipation builds even higher for this important qualifier, which we hope will provide an excellent preview of the Tokyo 2020 Games and what they represent, as a symbol of hope and inspiration.”
After group play concludes, the top two finishers from each group will advance to the super round and play two games. Head-to-head contests among these teams from the opening round will carry over into the super round, with the team holding the best record advancing to Tokyo and joining Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Israel in the tournament.
The second-and the third-place teams will qualify for the WBSC final qualifier starting June 16 in Taiwan for the final spot in the Olympics. Already qualified for that event are Taiwan, Australia, Netherlands and China.