Final Olympic Spot To Be Decided At Asia/Oceania Qualifier
The WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier is set to take place next week in Shanghai, China.
The event, which will occur September 23-28, will feature eight countries that will vie for the final softball spot at next summer's Olympics. Thus far, five of the six teams that will be featured in the Tokyo Games have been decided and include the United States, Japan, Italy, Mexico and Canada.
Competing next week in China for the final spot will be the best six countries from the Asia Cup, according to the standings, as well as the top two squads from Oceania.
Group A will feature eighth-ranked China, No. 11 New Zealand, No. 13 Philippines and No. 23 Korea, while Group B will include sixth-ranked Chinese Taipei, No. 7 Australia, No. 37 Indonesia and No. 42 Hong Kong. The top two teams in their groups will advance to the Super Rounds, with the top squad in the tournament's final standings advancing to the Olympics.
The qualifier will be streamed live on the WBSC YouTube Channel.
See below for the event's full schedule.
Monday, September 23
10 p.m. - Indonesia vs. Hong Kong
Tuesday, September 24
12:30 a.m. - Australia vs. Chinese Taipei
3 a.m. - New Zealand vs. China
5:30 a.m. - Philippines vs. Korea
10 p.m. - Hong Kong vs. Chinese Taipei
Wednesday, September 25
12:30 a.m. - Indonesia vs. Australia
3 a.m. - China vs. Philippines
5:30 a.m. - Korea vs. New Zealand
10 p.m. - Chinese Taipei vs. Indonesia
Thursday, September 26
12:30 a.m. - Philippines vs. New Zealand
3 a.m. - Korea vs. China
5:30 a.m. - Hong Kong vs. Australia
Friday, September 27
3 a.m. - A2 vs. B1
5:30 a.m. - B2 vs. A1
Saturday, September 28
3 a.m. - A2 vs. B2
5:30 a.m. - A1 vs. B1
*All game times listed in ET.