The adventure of the Colombian baseball team begins on Monday at 6:00 pm Columbia time in the pre-Olympics disciplinary period, which will be held in Florida, USA. The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) is organizing the event that gathers 8 teams in search of a ticket for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Group A will include Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the local United States, and Nicaragua, and in Area B there are Cuba, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia. Specifically, Colombia will face the Canadians in West Palm Beach, a rival they had already beaten in 2017 in the World Baseball classic.
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Director Jair Fernandez has put together an interesting list to look for a place in the Olympics. Potential names include Jeter Downs of Boston Red Sox and Jordan Diaz of Oakland Athletics, as well as veteran shooters Sugar Ray Marimon and Randy Consuegra.
“We have started playing home matches in Colombia. I think we have a chance, we have good players and the team is in good health,” Fernandes said in statements to ESPN International.
Initially, the all-against-all stage will be played in each group, and the first two stages from each region will qualify for the final round, to play a “Super Round” which will give the Olympians a place in the first and serve the second and third in the playoff match. This duel will take place in Puebla, Mexico, from June 22-26.
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Japan, South Korea, Mexico and Israel have already qualified for Tokyo 2021, waiting for the remaining two places to complete the six participants. The pre-Olympic games will open with the following duels:
Puerto Rico – Dominican Republic 12:00 pm (Port Saint Lucie)
USA – Nicaragua 6:00 pm (Port St. Lucie)
Cuba-Venezuela 12:00 pm (West Palm Beach)
Canada – Colombia 6 pm (West Palm Beach)
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