Tokyo 2020: the Olympic dream after the debut of the Mexican softball team

Mexican softball team (Image: Twitter / @COM_Mexico)

Tokyo 2020 already started and The Mexican softball team will make history, because in addition to starting competitions for the country This season, it is also the first time that the Mexican national team in this sport has qualified for the Olympic Games.

The meeting will be at the Fukushima Azuma baseball stadium and although it will be in Japan at 3:00 pm, due to the time difference, in Mexico it can be seen at dawn. Likewise, the Mexican softball team Ranked 5th in the World Baseball & Softball Federation’s world rankings (WBSC) and also took first place, ahead of Canada, in the Americas Softball Qualifiers in September 2019.

The team is compatible with 15 players, 14 of whom were born in the United States but are of Mexican descent.

“We received criticism, for example, we were in Puerto Vallarta in a camp and two of us spoke Spanish, but most of us did not, andThey told you things for not speaking the language or not being born in Mexico. But we have to focus on the whole panorama, we are playing for our families who did not have the opportunity today to play this sport and take it to that level,” Sashel Palacios recently told ESPN Sports.

Stefania Arradillas She is the only athlete who was born in Mexico City, but also attended university in the United States and went on to play as an athlete in that country. The vast majority of players, in fact, do not speak the language and communicate in English.

The team consists of 15 players, 14 of whom were born in the US but are of Mexican descent (Image: Twitter / @COM_Mexico)
The team consists of 15 players, 14 of whom were born in the US but are of Mexican descent (Image: Twitter / @COM_Mexico)

From there, it follows a list of 14 players born on American soil, some of whom, like Daniel O’Toole and Dallas Escobedo, even at one point represented the stars and stripes combined.

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to me The National Committee for Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE) is a sport very similar to baseball, Which appeared in Chicago in 1887 when someone in a group of friends threw a boxing glove at another and hit him back with a broomstick.

So George Hackock came up with the idea of ​​playing indoor baseball and later wrote the rules for this new sport.

The sport began to spread in the United States and in 1933 it was called softball (Image: Twitter / @COM_Mexico)
The sport began to spread in the United States and in 1933 it was called softball (Image: Twitter / @COM_Mexico)

According to the sports authority, this is a sport It began to be popular in the United States and in 1933 it was called a softboCurrently known rules have been defined. Although its beginnings were early, this discipline did not spread as quickly as others and until 1952 the International Softball Federation (ISF) was founded.

We should remember that from then on 1996 Olympic Games, you didn’t see any sports on the first day of activities other than footballSince 2008 softball teams have not participated in the competition, so Tokyo 2020 will be truly historic.

Softball games will kick off at the Olympics Tokyo 2020, postponed to 2021 For safety and health issues, as a global pandemic like the Coronavirus is putting the whole world under control.

Via Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee The new Olympic softball calendar has been revealed, highlighting that it will be the first competition to play within its programmes

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