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02 Mar 2004
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Bases loaded ahead of Olympic baseball tournament

The eight qualifiers for the Olympic Baseball Tournament at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad are finally known. The tournament that will take place from 15 to 25 August 2004 in Athens will welcome some new teams along with some seasoned campaigners.

Asian experience
Japan and Chinese Taipei will represent Asia at the Games after taking gold and silver, respectively, at the Asian Championships. This will be Japan’s fourth participation in baseball at the Olympics, while Chinese Taipei will be appearing for only the second time, their last appearance dating back to Barcelona in 1992.

Gold medal winners absent
Cuba and Canada will represent the Americas after their first and second place finishes at the Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This follows on from Team USA’s surprise defeat at the hands of Mexico during the Americas Tournament that eliminated the current Olympic champions from this year’s Games. This will be Cuba’s fourth consecutive appearance at the Olympics, while Canada will be making its Olympic baseball debut.

Strong European representation
Greece, competing as the host nation, will be participating in the Olympic Baseball Tournament for the first time, and will be joined from Europe by Italy and the Netherlands. Italy, who finished first in the European Olympic Qualification Tournament, are participating for the fourth time at the Games, while the Netherlands, who finished second, will be competing for the third time.

Play-off power play
The final place in Athens was played out between South Africa and Australia in a play-off match held at the Blacktown Olympic Baseball Complex in Sydney. Australia ran out 3-0 winners in the best of five series by winning the first three matches of the series 8-1, 6-4, and 13-1.

Exceptional facilities in Athens
All the Olympic Baseball Tournament games will be played at the Hellinikon Olympic Complex. The Olympic Baseball Centre consists of two baseball diamonds. Field one has a capacity of 9,000 and will host some preliminary games, the semi-finals, and the final. Field two, with a capacity of 4,000, will only host games in the preliminary round.

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