World baseball head not worried about Fukushima health risks

by Associated Press on November 18, 2016 at 4:00 am

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is confident staging games in Fukushima for the 2020 Olympics will not present any health risk to players.

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 summer. Cuba beat Japan to defend its title.

Holding Olympic events in the disaster-affected areas could send a powerful message of reconstruction.

WBSC president Riccardo Fraccari is scheduled to visit Fukushima on Saturday for an inspection tour of several proposed stadiums.

The IOC is expected make a final decision on the location in Fukushima Prefecture at its Dec. 6-8 executive board meeting.