Previous Olympic baseball tournaments, such as Athens 2004, and Beijing 2008, had 8 teams in the pool. This time around, there will only be only 6 teams. As the host nation, Japan is already guaranteed a spot, though they’d probably make it even if they have to play to get in.
Other countries have to play for the last 5 spots in a convoluted series of tournaments.
So Europe and the Americas each have a tournament to qualify for the Olympics. There are 2 spots at the Premier12, one for the highest placed team from the Americas, and one for the highest place team from Asia.
That leaves just one more spot to be win at the Final Qualifying Tournament. Top two at the Asian Baseball Championship get tickets to the Final Qualifying Tournament along with 4 others countries from the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. This tournament is possibly named “International Cup,” even though the International Cup has been called off since 2010.
Taiwan has just beaten Japan to win the 2019 Asian Baseball Championship. Since Japan already has a spot for 2020, the third place of ABC gets the ticket for the Final Qualifier, and that would be… China.
The 6 final qualifier teams so far looks like this:
Australia, China, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. The 2 additional tickets will go to the 2nd and 3rd place from the Americas qualifier.
If Taiwan placed the highest in the Premier 12 among Asian countries, or win the Final Qualifier, then we get a ticket for 2020.
Teams already qualified for the 2020 Olympics:
Team Taiwan’s 2019 Asian Baseball Championship victory:
Last time Taiwan won the ABC was 18 years ago.