Six of the World’s top 12 softball nations to contest 2019 Asia Pacific Cup in Sydney

Six of the World’s top 12 softball nations to contest 2019 Asia Pacific Cup in Sydney

The 2019 Asia Pacific Cup will showcase some of the best softball players in the world with six of the World’s top 12 teams confirmed to contest the tournament in Sydney.

To be held at the Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney from 31 January – 3 February 2019, the Asia Pacific Cup will see teams representing Australia, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and Italy compete for honours in the largest international women’s softball event in Australia.

Following on from the extremely successful inaugural tournament earlier this year, the 2019 Asia Pacific Cup will feature 26 games of softball across four days and provide each nation with all important international match time as a number of countries strive to achieve a place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The Asia Pacific Cup is a world-class international event and highlights the resurgence of women’s softball following the announcement of its return to the Olympics in 2020,” Softball Australia CEO David Pryles said.

The international teams met most recently at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, Japan, with Japan (second) and Australia (fourth) the highest placed finishers out of the Asia Pacific Cup nations.

“The Travelodge Aussie Spirit team had an excellent tournament in Japan earlier this year, coming very close to making the Championship game and I can’t wait to see them battle it out against some of the world’s best teams on home turf,” Pryles said.

As well as the fierce competition on the pitch, the Asia Pacific Cup will also host community events such as autograph signing sessions and official functions. There’s also an opportunity for children to be a batgirl/batboy for a game.

The 2019 Asia Pacific Cup final will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports with the potential to reach millions of viewers across the Asia and Oceania region.

With over 120 players and more than 50 officials and support personnel due to attend the tournament, the 2019 Asia Pacific Cup is set to provide an economic boost to Blacktown and the wider Sydney area.

“The Asia Pacific Cup will inject all important tourist dollars into the local economy, with hotels, restaurants and local traders all reaping the benefits of an international competition on their doorstep,” Pryles said.