March 31, 2020
The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will open on July 23 next year, with the Closing Ceremony taking place on August 8. Agreement was reached by Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the new dates for the Games on March 30.
WBSC President said that The WBSC stands in solidarity with the Olympic Movement and Japan during this challenging time, and will remain fully flexible about its own events, including Olympic qualifiers, to accommodate the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Games. While the six teams have been decided for Olympic softball, this postponement also allows more time to complete a fair Olympic qualification process for baseball, providing an equal opportunity for the teams and their players.