Asia qualifier for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup postponed to 2021

Asia qualifier for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup postponed to 2021
16/10/2020
The top three finishers of the eight-team Asian championship will advance to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021.

The Baseball Federation of Asia has postponed this year's XIII BFA U-18 Asian Baseball Championship to 2021. The event was originally scheduled for September 2020 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and was first postponed to December amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The U-18 BFA Championship is an eight-team tournament, with teams/federations earning the right to participate through the WBSC World Rankings. No. 1 Japan, Korea (No. 3), Chinese Taipei (4), China (22), Pakistan (27), Hong Kong (30), Philippines (32) and Sri Lanka (37) are set to battle in the tournament.

The continental championship serves as a qualifier to the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021, with the top three finishers advancing to the global clash.

Korea captured the 2018 BFA U-18 Championship in Miyazaki, Japan, winning a 10-inning final against Chinese Taipei. Japan earned Asia's third and final spot in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019.

Chinese Taipei won the last U-18 World Cup in Gijang, Korea, ending USA's dominance that dated back to 2012. Korea earned third place on home soil, behind the second-place United States. Japan finished fifth, while wild card China finished 11th.