The WBSC (World Baseball Softball Confederation) today announced that China has withdrawn from the final Olympic qualifiers.
As a result, the tournament will be an event for five teams that have already passed qualifying for Chinese Taipei, Australia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The WBSC said that in the light of all available information, the final qualifying will feature only five teams and the game schedule will reflect this.
The final qualifying round will be held from June 16th to 20th at Taichung International Baseball Stadium and Douliu Baseball Stadium in Taiwan.
The reason for the withdrawal of the Chinese national team is not mentioned. But don’t be surprised, as this move is primarily political. Taiwan is considered by China to be an apostate state, so participating in tournaments in an island nation will be a recognition of its existence. On top of that, there have been a lot of tensions between the two countries lately.
The other two participants will come from the US qualifiers as Nos. 2 and 3 will play the finals in Taiwan.
– MLB Sports
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