This time MyKhel deals with baseball / softball as these events are sure to generate a lot of interest from hosts Japan and the US, the main players in these sports.
1. Is there an Olympic debut in baseball / softball?
No. Baseball had become an Olympic medal during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and continued in Beijing until 2008 before being scrapped. Now it has celebrated a comeback and not without reason. The US is the baseball powerhouse, but the discipline gives hosts Japan a real chance for a medal.
They have a very successful Nippon Professional Basketball League, second only to Major League Baseball in terms of talent and popularity. They also have some brilliant players like Hideo Nomo, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Yu Darvish, and Shohei Ohtani.
2. The baseball stadiums
The baseball competition takes place at two locations: Yokohama Baseball Stadium and Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium.
3. Competing Nations
Six nations compete in baseball: the United States, Japan, Israel, Mexico, South Korea and the Dominican Republic.
Put simply, softball is the women’s version of baseball. The event made its debut at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and continued through to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Like baseball, softball will be a one-off event as neither event will appear at the Paris Games in 2024.
5. Softball venues
Yokohama Ballpark and Fukushima Azuma Ballpark.
6. Competing Nations
Like baseball, softball will have six participants and they will host Japan, United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Italy.
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