November 09, 2016

TOKYO (AP) Tokyo Olympic organizers have approved holding some of the baseball and softball competition of the 2020 Games in Fukushima, the region hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

The primary venue for baseball and softball is expected to be Yokohama Stadium, but several cities in Fukushima are being considered for games in the preliminary rounds.

IOC President Thomas Bach met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month and suggested staging some events in the area.

Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is scheduled to visit Japan next week for an inspection tour.

Tokyo organizing committee spokeswoman Hikariko Ono says the IOC will make a final decision on the location in Fukushima Prefecture at its Dec. 6-8 executive board meeting.

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