By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Nov. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's national baseball team needs to win its next two games in the Premier12 championship to keep its chances open for a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, local baseball commentators said Thursday.
Team Taiwan, competing under the name Chinese Taipei, now has a 1-2 record in the six-team Super Round of the Premier12 in Japan, after toppling defending champions South Korea 7-0 on Tuesday.
Taiwan will face the United States (1-3) on Friday before going head to head against Australia (1-3) the following day. If Team Taiwan fails to win both of those games, its only remaining chance for a ticket to Tokyo will be the Olympic Final Qualifying Tournament next year, according to sports commentators.
Even with a victory in both upcoming games, however, Taiwan will not secure an automatic berth in the 2020 Summer Olympics, the commentators said. To do so, Taiwan needs to finish above South Korea (2-1) and Australia in the Super Round, which is currently led by Mexico (3-1) and the hosts Japan (3-1). [FULL STORY]