Australia claimed the final Olympic quota by winning the Asia/Oceania Softball Olympic Qualifier as the sport makes its return to the Olympics. Only the winner of the eight-team tournament qualified to the games. The Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier was held in Shanghai, China from September 24th to September 28th 2019.
Group A was won by China who went undefeated, but required comebacks against New Zealand and the Philippines and narrowly defeated South Korea 2-1 during the final game. Also advancing to the super round was the Philippines whom defeated South Korea 10-1 in six innings and needed an eighth inning to defeat New Zealand 1-0. New Zealand finished third thanks to a 5-1 victory over South Korea.
Group B saw the top two nations face off against each other in the first match as Australia defeated Chinese Taipei 5-1. Both nations would advance to the super round as they defeated Hong Kong and Indonesia in fewer than seven innings thanks to the mercy rule. Hong Kong finished third in the group thanks to an eighth inning run to win 6-5 over Indonesia.
The previous round results were brought over to the Super Round. The first set of matches saw Chinese Taipei score four runs in the fifth and seventh innings to defeat China 9-3 while Australia defeated the Philippines 7-0. Australia clinched the title and Olympic quota on the final day thanks to a 9-3 victory over China which included a five run second inning. Chinese Taipei finished second by defeating the Philippines 5-0.
The six-team Olympic tournament has been decided with Australia’s qualification. The nation will be hoping to outperform its bronze medal performance in 2008 when softball made its last appearance.