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S. Korea in talks with Japan, Chinese Taipei over new baseball tournament

All News 11:15 January 19, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is in talks with Japan and Chinese Taipei over creating a three-nation baseball tournament this fall, an official here said Thursday.

Yang Hae-young, secretary general of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), said he met with his counterparts from the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) Wednesday to discuss the new event.

"We talked about pitting our three national teams against one another in November," Yang said. "The talks have been going well. We'll hammer out some details and announce our final proposal sometime next week."

Earlier Thursday, Japanese media reported that the NPB was leading the discussion, and that all three leagues were positive about holding the event.

Up until 2013, league champions from the three Asian nations had met in the Asia Series, but the tournament had trouble drawing fans and corporate sponsors.

The international calendar is already packed for the three Asian countries over the next couple of years. They will all compete at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March. The second edition of the Premier 12, the World Baseball Softball Confederation's answer to Major League Baseball-led WBC, will be played in November 2019. And baseball will make its return to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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