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Olympic baseball camp to open ahead of schedule after KBO's suspension

All News 19:00 July 13, 2021

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean professional baseball governing body announced Tuesday the national baseball team will open its pre-Olympic training camp ahead of schedule, following the suspension of league action.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said the national team will begin training for the Olympics on Saturday at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, rather than on July 20 as previously scheduled.

The Olympic squad is made up entirely of KBO players. The KBO suspended its regular season on Monday, in light of five positive COVID-19 cases involving two clubs, and pushed all games scheduled for this week to later dates.

In this file photo from June 16, 2021, Kim Kyung-moon, manager of the South Korean Olympic baseball team, announces his 24-man roster for the Tokyo Games at the Korea Baseball Organization headquarters in Seoul. (Yonhap)

The KBO had the July 19-Aug. 9 Olympic break already in place before the start of the season. With this week now left unexpectedly open, the national team manager Kim Kyung-moon decided to gather his players early.

The Olympic team will play two exhibition games next week: against the under-24 KBO All-Stars on July 23, and against the KBO club Kiwoom Heroes on July 25, both at Gocheok Sky Dome.

South Korea will then travel to Japan on July 26. Its first preliminary game is against Israel at 7 p.m. on July 29. South Korea will next face the United States at 7 p.m. on July 31. Both games will be at Yokohama Stadium.

South Korea is the last Olympic baseball champion from the 2008 Beijing Games. The sport was not included in the next two Olympics before making its way back this year.

This image provided by the World Baseball Softball Confederation on June 29, 2021, shows the groups and schedule for the Tokyo Olympic baseball tournament. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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