Fukushima to host some baseball, softball games at Tokyo Olympics

10 November 2016

Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, told Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori at their meeting in Tokyo on Nov. 9 that some baseball and softball games will be played in Fukushima Prefecture. The committee's executive board session held prior to the meeting authorized the plan to organize part of the baseball/softball games in Fukushima, one of Japan's eastern regions devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

"We will be able to send out a message on Fukushima's reconstruction to the rest of Japan and the world," Uchibori said. "We will do everything we can to realize the plan."

The three prefectural cities of Fukushima, Koriyama and Iwaki have offered to host baseball/softball games at the Summer Olympics. Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium has emerged as a leading candidate venue as the city is easy to reach from the Tokyo metropolitan region and the name of Fukushima is well known abroad, helping symbolize the 2020 Olympics as "the Games for reconstruction from the disaster."

(Translated by Kyodo News)