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S. Korea to face Puerto Rico in tuneup for Olympic baseball qualifying tournament

Sports 10:52 October 24, 2019

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will host Puerto Rico for a pair of tuneup games ahead of the Olympic baseball qualifying tournament in Seoul next month.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Thursday that South Korea will take on Puerto Rico on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.

Members of the South Korean national baseball team train at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, 45 kilometers south of Seoul, on Oct. 21, 2019. (Yonhap)

The dome will also be the venue for South Korea's Group C games against Australia, Canada and Cuba from Nov. 6-8 during the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier12, which will double as the qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

South Korea is world No. 3, eight spots above Puerto Rico. The two countries have never faced each other before.

The KBO said Nov. 1 game will start at 7 p.m. and the game the following day will begin at 5 p.m.

There will be 12 nations divided into three groups of four at Premier12. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will be played in Japan.

To qualify for the Olympics, South Korea must advance to the Super Round and also finish ahead of its Asia/Oceania rivals, Australia and Chinese Taipei.

South Korea is the last Olympic baseball champion, having won in 2008. The sport wasn't contested at the next two Olympics but will make its return in the Japanese capital next summer.

This image from the website of the World Baseball Softball Confederation shows the logo for the Premier12 tournament. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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