In the current European champion Israel ended 2nd in its pool with a record of 4-1 losing only on Wednesday the Netherlands follows victories over the Czech Republic Sweden Germany and Great Britain according to the JTA report. Baseball fans can book their Olympic baseball Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.
Israel will meet France on Friday in the quarterfinals a round-robin race. JTA reported that the top five teams will advance to the World Baseball Softball Confederation Olympic Qualifier Europe-Africa tournament in Parma Italy, which starts on 18 Sept. The 6th team playing in that tournament will be South Africa which won the 2019 African Baseball Championship.
According to the JTA report, the winner of the qualifier tournament will get a bid to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The runner-up will have another opportunity to qualify for Tokyo at a future qualifying event
The Israeli team’s calendar includes Jewish-American college players and some specialists. They had the country’s best showing in the last World Baseball Classic in 2017, surprising many by making the main tournament where it finished sixth.
A report on Thursday that appeared on the From the Gossip web site indicated that at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Israeli team stunned the international baseball public with four straight wins bringing a sense of history to the tournament. The Israeli team beat Korea in extra innings shocked Chinese Taipei defeated Cuba and played the Netherlands twice before falling to Japan in their final game.
ESPN dubbed the underdog Israeli team as “essentially the Mighty Ducks Hickory High and the Jamaican bobsled team all rolled into one. That winning period is now the subject of a new documentary called Heading Home the Tale of Team Israel.”
While the World Baseball Classic only requires that players be eligible for citizenship of the country they represent for Olympic qualifying tournaments and for the actual Olympics players must be citizens of the country they represent according to the JTA report.
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