According to a piece by Kyodo reported on the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) website, Yokohama Stadium has become a top candidate to host baseball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organisers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program.
The other sports are surfing, skate boarding, sport climbing and karate. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce 2020’s additional sports this August, prior to the Rio de Janiero Games.
Tokyo Games organisers also looked into the Tokyo Dome and Chiba city’s QVC Marine Field as potential venues. However, Tokyo Dome’s candidacy suffers from the lack of nearby space needed for security and media. Chiba is already set to host three competitions, including wrestling, and it said that Kanagawa Prefecture is favoured by some for baseball out of a desire to achieve balance.
Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori has previously indicated his stance to have some events hosted in Fukushima Prefecture in the heart of the area affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
The Yokohama Arena will host this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, which will include tours of many of the city’s sports venues, including Yokohama Stadium. To guarantee your place at this must-attend conference and exhibition, visit the website at: www.saevents.uk.com