Softball Australia has partnered with National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) in the United States with one eye on the Olympic 2020 in Tokyo. The deal means 8 female players of Softball from Australia will play in the women’s softball league for Chicago Bandits. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.
Australian high-performance Softball coaches will also work with the Bandits’ Softball coaching staff during the complete season. Women’s softball along with men’s baseball is due to return to the Olympic schedule at Tokyo Olympic 2020.
Australian women softball team is now ranked 4 positions in the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) standings. But they only finished 10th at last year’s World Softball Championships in Canada at Beijing 2008 at the sport’s last appearance at the Olympics Australia won the bronze medal.
Softball Australia chief executive Chet Gray said. “This partnership between Softball Australia and National Pro Fastpitch is a critical step forward for our women’s high-performance programmer looking towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
Our program needs to focus firstly on improving our performance from the 2016 WBSC World Championship and then on qualifying for the Olympic Games. Australian Softball players Vanessa Stokes Stacey Porter Chelsea Forkin and Taylah Tsitsikronis played in the NPF last year.
“This agreement with the Chicago Bandits and NPF will ensure that many of our identified athletes have a chance to participate as a team together in one of the best competitions in the world.”
In one year’s time the United States women’s national softball team will head to a destination it has not known for more than a decade. That destination the Olympic Games which will take place in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will serve as the battleground on which the U.S. will once again fight for a spot atop the Olympic podium.
U.S women softball team playing Japan this summer is about more than just bragging rights. It’s a way for the Americans to scout the team that is likely to be their toughest opponent at the Olympic 2020.
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