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

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

“Attending the Remaining Olympic Qualifier in a COVID world was all the time going to current important 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 by way of a number of choices and situations however the logistical challenges of offering a secure surroundings for the group have been insurmountable,” Williams stated.

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

The Chinese language and Chinese language Tapei groups have additionally pulled out of the Olympic qualifiers, in keeping with Baseball Australia.

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

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