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Tokyo 2020: Australian baseball team pulls out of Olympic qualifiers, citing Covid fears

“Attending the Final Olympic Qualifier in a COVID world was at all times going to current vital challenges,” Baseball Australia chief government Glenn Williams acknowledged in a press launch Wednesday.

The late-June qualifying occasion was to be held in Taiwan, however was moved to Mexico after the Taiwanese authorities restricted international arrivals within the face of an outbreak.

“We labored via a number of choices and situations however the logistical challenges of offering a protected surroundings for the group have been insurmountable,” Williams stated.

“Even if Team Australia have been profitable in successful the occasion, the timing did not enable for the team to finish quarantine in Australia and meet the necessities of entry to the Tokyo video games.

The Chinese and Chinese Tapei groups have additionally pulled out of the Olympic qualifiers, based on Baseball Australia.

Baseball is returning to the Olympics for the primary time since Beijing 2008. Australia received a baseball silver medal on the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Hosts Japan, Israel, Mexico, South Korea and the United States have already certified for the Tokyo Games baseball occasion, with the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the Netherlands competing for the ultimate berth on the Mexico qualifying event, which shall be held June 22-26 in Puebla.

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