Baseball’s 2014 Asia Series, which was due to take place in Chinese Taipei in November, has been cancelled.
The series, which features the best teams from the top leagues in Asia and Australia, has been scrapped for this year due to a scheduling clash, according to the Kyodo news agency.
In June, Nippon Professional Baseball, which operates the top league in Japan, committed to hosting a Major League Baseball All-Star Series in November, with top players from the North American league taking on the Japan national team. Games will take place in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Sapporo (Sapporo Dome) and Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).
The other leagues set to feature in the Asia Series were not able to work around the scheduling of the All-Star Series. The Asia Series’ steering committee will discuss how to incorporate the tournament – which is held under the auspices of the World Baseball Softball Confederation as part of the plan to bring the sport back to the Olympic Games programme – into the calendar at a meeting early next year.
“We will continue to give our maximum effort toward getting back into the Olympics,” Nippon Professional Baseball secretary general Atsushi Ihara said. “Next year’s steering committee must think of ways to develop the tournament internationally.”