TOKYO — On Monday, 22 July, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and SSK will hold a press conference to make announcements on the 2019 WBSC Premier12, the top international baseball competition of the year and Olympic qualifier. In addition, Japan National Team Manager Atsunori Inaba will speak on his enthusiasm for November’s global competition between baseball’s top 12 countries.

The 2019 WBSC Premier12 will be staged over 32 games from 2-17 November — with opening rounds in Guadalajara (MEX), Taichung/Taoyuan (TPE) and Seoul (KOR) — and will serve as a direct qualifier for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The major global competition will feature baseball’s 12 best National Teams in the world, including No. 1 Japan, No. 2 United States, No. 3 Korea, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 5 Cuba, No. 6 Mexico, No. 7 Australia, No. 8 Netherlands, No. 9 Venezuela, No. 10 Canada, No. 11 Puerto Rico and No. 12 Dominican Republic.