The 23-person squad will arrive in Ota City for a training camp before facing Japan on July 21, which will mark the start of official Olympic competition two days before the opening ceremony.
Having not faced an international opponent since February last year, the Aussie Spirit, who has won a medal in each of his last Olympic appearances, will also play against professional softball clubs in Japan, as well as two games. against the Japanese national team, before the Olympics begin.
“We’ve done so much training over the last year, we’ve had intra-team camps against each other, now we can finally play a really tough competition against Japanese clubs,” said Jade Wall, member. of the team.
Earlier this month, Australia began vaccinating its Olympic and Paralympic athletes with the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll said at the time that getting the vaccine was not mandatory but “highly, highly recommended”.
Softball returns to the Olympics after being withdrawn from the program after the 2008 Games.
It is one of the many sports added to the pre-Tokyo Olympics, alongside sport climbing, surfing, skateboarding and karate.
“All staff and players traveling to Japan today are fully immunized thanks to the Australian Olympic Committee,” said Softball Australia CEO David Pryles.
“They will also undergo rigorous tests and checks from the moment they land at the airport and throughout their camp and Olympic games.
“Movements in Japan are limited to the one level of the team’s hotel in Ota where they will perform gym workouts, meetings, meals and, of course, relax with each other.”
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