From June 22 to 26, the Parque de los Hermanos Serdán , home of the Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League , will host the Final Qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, under the organization and direction of the World Confederation of Baseball and Softball.
Riccardo Fraccari , president of the World Confederation, revealed that after ruling out the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium to host the contest, it was decided to cede the baton to Mexico and specifically to Puebla, a change that was possible thanks to the support of the federal and sports authorities of the country.
“The Olympic baseball qualifiers will have a safe and successful conclusion in Puebla, at the home of Club Pericos of the Mexican Baseball League (LMB). Baseball’s ‘Road to Tokyo 2020’ is already established, and for this I would like to extend the deepest gratitude from the entire WBSC family, to the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador; the director of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sports (CONADE) Ana Guevara; to the authorities of the State of Puebla and to the owner of the Pericos de Puebla club ”.
In this regard, the president of the Pericos, José Miguel Bejos, said very proud of the international distinction that this time is offered to them, hence they will do everything possible to be the best hosts of the fair, waiting for all the participating teams make them feel at home.
“We are very proud to host this important tournament and to welcome these teams. The work carried out in recent years allows us to put Puebla and Pericos in our sights and stand out as one of the best organizations in the world ”, he pointed out.
It should be remembered that in this contest, the teams of Australia, the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei will be present , since the other two ninths that will obtain their ticket to the Olympic tournament will come out of the Baseball Qualifier of the Americas that will start this Monday, May 31 in Florida, United States , where a direct pass and one through the playoff will come from.
Mexico , along with Japan, Israel and Korea , already have their ticket to the Olympics insured, so the contest in Puebla will undoubtedly be high-flying and highly attractive for the local fans.