The Tokyo 2020 or Summer Olympics was initially scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020 and run until Aug. 9, 2020, but the pandemic totally scrapped the whole thing. This event was supposed to be special, as the Olympic baseball will return after a 12-year hiatus.
The event that was set to commence in Japan was postponed until 2021 when the situation improves. As the sport returns to the Olympic stage as a global sport it will be enjoyed by many people around the world.
Major Leaguers from different countries will meet in the Olympic stage, with countries sending their best baseball players. It was in 2008 when baseball was last seen in the Olympics, that’s why a lot of people are excited about the return of this sporting event.
Bringing Baseball Back to the Olympics
In 2016, the International Olympic Committee executive board announced exciting news about bringing back baseball and softball events in the Summer Games 2020. This is huge news as these events were not included in the previous 2012 and 2016 Games.
The board of committee understood that baseball and softball were enjoyed by a lot of people, and these sports belong to the Olympic stage. With the collaboration with Tokyo 2020 organizing committee, the board decided to return the baseball games.
It was in 1904 when the Olympic Games event debuted baseball. After this, the sport was played in several Summer Games until it was only considered an exhibition through 1988. The sport became an official Olympic sport in the 1992 Games.
Only after five consecutive Olympics, the board of executives voted baseball out, along with softball in 2008. That year is the last time baseball was played in the renowned sporting event.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics
According to sources, the organizing committee of Tokyo 2020 paved the way to bring back the sport, recognizing its valuable contribution to the Olympic Movement.
The sport’s history of 65 million athletes in over 140 countries is remarkably huge in number. In addition, there are millions of fans across the globe who wish to see the sporting event on the Olympic stage.
Some of the best contenders for the baseball event are South Korea, because they won the gold medal in 2008’s Beijing Olympics. Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball also holds a significant edge, as they will send their best players for the 2021 Olympics.
Meanwhile, the United States also has an advantage, as they won the 2000 gold medal for the three-hit shutout from Ben Sheets. It was also the Americans who earned and won the bronze in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Cuba is also among the top contenders for the baseball event, having the most number of gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2004. They were only defeated in 2000 by the United States’ team, and in 2008 by the South Korea team.
Australia and the Chinese Taipei team are also great contenders, winning silver in the Summer Olympics. Australia is the only country to host the Olympic baseball as a medal sport and did great winning silver in the 2004 Olympics.
China’s Taipei baseball team is also strong with a five-team Asian Championship title and a World Olympic silver medal in the 1992 Olympics. They’ve also won bronze during the 2018 Asian Games.
Although Tokyo 2020 is postponed, the Olympics will push through next year to gather the world’s best athletes in different sporting events. Baseball is definitely a highlight as it returns to the world stage.
The best contenders and teams from across the world will meet once again in the Summer Olympics 2021. Asia is expected to dominate the sporting event, but Cuba is definitely coming back strong from a long hiatus.
The Summer Olympics will resume on July 23, 2021, and will run until Aug. 8, 2021. The event will feature 33 competitions and 339 events held across 42 competition venues.
Baseball is not only a popular sport in Asia but also the rest of the world, and its return to the Olympics is definitely praise-worthy. As the world awaits the new schedule for the Summer Olympics in 2020, fans can’t wait to cheer for their teams who will participate.