Tokyo 2020 Olympics Softball: Italys’ Women’s Team Qualifies
NETHERLANDS: The Italian National Softball Team today earned a place in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, defeating Great Britain, 5-0, in the Final of the WBSC Women’s Softball Europe/Africa Qualification Event.
The qualifying event held for the Games of XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, enables Italy to joins host Japan and USA as the first three qualified nations for the six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic Softball event.
It will be the third time that Italy will participate and represent Europe in an Olympic softball event, the pinnacle of the sport.
The qualifier in Utrecht included the top softball nations across Europe and Africa, including Botswana, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain.
Italy joins host nation Japan and the 2018 WBSC Softball World Champions, USA, as the first three nations qualified for the six-team Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball competition.
The remaining three nations will be determined at the next two WBSC Softball qualifiers. Two nations from the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier will advance to the Olympic Games. Twelve nations will compete in the Americas qualifier, which will be held in Surrey, Canada, from 25 August to 1 September.
The winner of the eight-team WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier will complete the field at Tokyo 2020. This intercontinental qualifier will be be held in Shanghai, China, from 24-28 September.
Softball will have the honour of kicking off next year’s Olympic Games on 22 July with special opening games at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.
Super round final standings
- Great Britain
- Czech Republic
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