Summer high school baseball c'ship reopens after coronavirus break

Kyodo -- Aug 10
The summer edition of the national high school baseball tournament, Japan's iconic amateur sporting event, reopened Tuesday after it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 103rd tournament is being held under strict coronavirus protocols to avoid outbreaks, and only people associated with the teams from the 49 participating schools are allowed to enter Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, western Japan, during the 17-day event.

Before the pandemic, fans filled the 47,508-capacity stadium.

Last year, both the smaller-scale spring invitational and the summer tournaments were called off, marking the first time since World War II that the spring and summer competitions have been cancelled in the same year.

This year, the opening ceremony, which traditionally begins with teams marching into the stadium, has been simplified, with players adhering to mask wearing.

- Kyodo