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The first opportunity for Team Australia to advance to Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC’s Premier12 in November 2019, where they will fight for one of two available spots.
To qualify for Tokyo2020, Team Australia must finish as the highest placed Asia/Oceania team (excluding Japan) at the 2019 Premier12, which consists of the top 12 ranked teams in world baseball. There are currently three teams in the world’s top 12 baseball nations from the Asian or Oceania Confederation (Australia, Chinese Taipei and Korea).
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Should Australia fail to qualify for Tokyo 2020 via the 2019 Premier12, Team Australia will then be forced to go through the an Oceania Qualifier, and subsequently an Intercontinental Qualifier consisting of the following teams.
– 2nd place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
– 2nd and 3rd place finisher from the Americas Qualifier
– Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
– Winner of Oceania Qualifier
The WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and broadcast rights agreements of the Olympic Qualifiers in future news releases.