After 13 years, Softball returns to the Olympics!
For the first time since 2008, Softball is returning to the Olympic Games. The six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball tournament will open Wednesday, 21 July, with all teams in action.
The Olympic softball event will commence on Wednesday 21 July 2021, at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium, with the Gold Medal Game scheduled for 27 July at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Softball will have the honour of being the first event to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The six qualified teams -- Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and the USA -- will play each other during the Opening Round from 21-26 July. The top two teams in the Opening Round will play for the Gold Medal, while the third- and fourth- place teams will compete for bronze.
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Team Italy will represent Europe after winning the WBSC Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier in 2019. The Azzurre will open their Olympic Softball Tournament against the USA on Wednesday, 21 July, at Fukushima Azuma Stadium.
Other Europeans will be present at the softball Tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: umpires Mariana Atanasova Prins (NED) and Gianluca Magnani (ITA), scorers Dennis Duin (NED), Anna Maria Paini (ITA), Stefano Pieri (ITA), Maurizio Ronchi (ITA), and Linda Steijger (NED), technical commissioners Gabriele Hardinger (AUT) and Totoni Sanna (ITA), and WBSC Officials Michael Schmidt (AUT) and Francesca Fabretto (ITA).
All the info regarding the softball Olympic tournament can be found on the WBSC website.