Softball Japan unveils new national team uniforms for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Softball Japan unveils new national team uniforms for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
24/07/2020
The defending Olympic champions are returning to the traditional red and white colour scheme, after two years of dressing in gold and white.

The Japanese Softball Association (JSA) unveiled new women’s national team uniforms, which will be worn at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, when baseball and softball make their historic Olympic comebacks.

National team captain Eri Yamada modeled the new uniforms during a press conference held in Tokyo on 22 July, the original date for Tokyo 2020 softball’s opening day.

The defending Olympic champions are returning to the traditional red and white colour combination, following two years of dressing in gold and white. The home uniform is red from top to bottom, with “JAPAN” printed across the chest in white with a black outline. The white uniform, to be worn when Japan is the visiting team, features the country’s name in red with a white outline. Both uniforms will include the Japanese flag on the upper left chest with the jersey number on the front and back. The new jerseys also feature golden detail on the left sleeve.

Japan wore red and white at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, when they shocked the world by beating USA in the final, winning their first-ever Olympic gold medal in the sport of softball. The Japanese softball national team previously unveiled golden uniforms in April 2018, prior the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship held in Chiba, Japan, when they finished with the silver medal after losing to USA in the final. Now they are going back to the Japanese national flag colours and hope to repeat the run they had at the Beijing 2008 games.

The new jerseys will be on sale in Japan from 1 August.