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May 15, 2020

Taiwan pro ball to admit 2,000 fans to games

Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League said Thursday its teams can admit up to 2,000 fans to games from Friday while most of the world's sports remain idled by the new coronavirus pandemic.

The CPBL, which opened its season on April 12 behind closed doors, began allowing up to 1,000 fans to attend its games last Friday. Taiwan's government has now given the go-ahead to admit larger crowds.

With the risk of infection considered low in Taiwan, stadiums will be able to sell food and beverages from Friday. Families will also be allowed to sit together provided they do not sit next to other spectators.

Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada have no concrete dates yet for the start of their 2020 seasons, while South Korea's Korea Baseball Organization began playing behind closed doors on May 5.

(Photo: Field view of the CPBL game between CTBC Brothers and Rakuten Monkeys at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on May 10, 2020 in Taichung, Taiwan.)