Canada will try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics baseball tournament from May 31 when it crosses swords with Colombia in Palm Beach, Florida.
Representatives of Maple Leaf will then cross swords with Cuba in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. 1.is June, before concluding the Olympic qualifying tournament in America against Venezuela, in Palm Beach, the next day.
For its part, the United States, led by manager Mike Scioscia, is part of a group completed by the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.
The top two teams in each group advance to the super round which is scheduled for 4-5. June, and the results of the first round are counted.
The first team from the super round will join Japan, Israel, Mexico and South Korea in the Olympic baseball tournament, which will be presented in Japan from July 28 to August 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama.
The teams finishing second and third advance to the final Olympic qualifying tournament in June in Taiwan, which already includes Australia, China, the Netherlands and Taiwan.
Only smaller leagues and independent players can represent their country. In addition, those who are not on the list of 26 major baseball clubs and / or on an injured list.
Baseball returns to the Olympics after being left out of the London Games in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Cuba won gold in 1992, 1996 and 2004, while the United States won gold in 1992, 1996 and 2004. triumphed in 2000 and South Korea in 2008.
Baseball is likely to be excluded from the 2024 Paris Olympics program before returning to the 2028 Los Angeles Games.
With the Associated Press