Italy, the Netherlands, Israel, Spain and the Czech Republic joined South Africa, that had advanced as the winner of the Africa Baseball Championship. One National Team will head to Tokyo 2020
Five National Teams advanced from the Baseball European Championship to the WBSC Baseball Europe/Africa Qualifying Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. Italy, The Netherlands, Israel and Spain won in the quarter-finals. The Czech Republic beat the hosts Germany in the fifth-place game.
Italy, as the host Nation, was granted the number one seed. The other four European Nations are seeded 2-5 in the same order of their placement in the European Championship. South Africa, that qualified in May as the Baseball Africa Champion, is seeded number six.
The 15 games of the Qualifier will be all streamed live on WBSC YouTube Channel and on GameTime.sport, the new WBSC OTT platform.
The Italian National Television RAI has been awarded exclusive national broadcasting rights.
The games will be also streamed live by Eleven Sports in the UK.
A crew from TV Asahi from Japan will also be present on the ground.
There will be two pre-event press conferences. WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari will attend both:
WHEN: Monday, 16 September at 1 pm CEST
WHERE: Cappella Farnese, Bologna, located in Piazza Maggiore 6, in the heart of the historical centre
WHO: Matteo Lepore (Sports Commissioner, City of Bologna), Gianmaria Manghi (Deputy of the Governor of the Emilia Romagna Region), Pierluigi Bissa (Bologna LOC), Federico Pizzarotti (Mayor of Parma)
WHEN: Tuesday, 17 September at 5 pm CEST
WHERE: Parma City Council Hall, located in Piazza Garibaldi, in the city centre.
WHO: Federico Pizzarotti (Mayor of Parma), Marco Bosi (Deputy Mayor of Parma, Sports Commissioner), Massimo Fochi (Parma LOC), Pierluigi Bissa (Bologna LOC)
WBSC approved over 50 credentials for working media and photographers.
Media credentials will be available for pick-up during the press conferences or at the ticket offices of Bologna's Gianni Falchi Stadium and Parma's Nino Cavalli Stadium during the event.
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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 208 National Federation and Associate Members in 135 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, World Baseball Classic, Baseball World Cups, Softball World Cups and Softball World Championships, as well as baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games.
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