Olympics - World base­ball head not wor­ried about Fukushima health risks

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Stag­ing games in Fukushima for the 2020 Olympics will not present any health risk to play­ers, the pres­i­dent of the World Base­ball Soft­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day. Tokyo Olympic or­ga­niz­ers are plan­ning to hold part of the base­ball and soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion in the re­gion dev­as­tated by the 2011 earth­quake, tsunami and nu­clear dis­as­ter. The WBSC held an un­der-15 base­ball tour­na­ment in Fukushima this year. Cuba beat Ja­pan to de­fend its ti­tle. “From the data I have re­ceived, the sit­u­a­tion is not dan­ger­ous in Fukushima,” WBSC pres­i­dent Ric­cardo Frac­cari said. “The sit­u­a­tion is fine now so I don't think we will have any prob­lems three years on.” Hold­ing Olympic events in the dis­as­ter­af­fected ar­eas could send a pow­er­ful mes­sage of re­con­struc­tion. Frac­cari is sched­uled to visit Fukushima on Sat­ur­day for an in­spec­tion tour of sev­eral pro­posed sta­di­ums. “We just staged the un­der-15 tour­na­ment in Fukushima and I know how pas­sion­ate the peo­ple there are about base­ball,” Frac­cari said. “The main is­sues for me are the fa­cil­i­ties and the sched­ule.” The IOC is ex­pected make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the lo­ca­tion in Fukushima Pre­fec­ture at its Dec. 6-8 ex­ec­u­tive board meet­ing.

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