Baseball factbox for Athens 2004
Posted: Monday July 5, 2004 10:51PM; Updated: Monday July 5, 2004 10:51PM
ATHENS, July 6 (Reuters) -- Factbox on baseball at the August 13-29 Athens Olympics:
Baseball, loosely based on the English game of rounders, developed in the United States in the early 19th century and the first professional league was formed in 1871 with nine teams.
Baseball was one of the late admissions to the Olympics, in 1992, and only amateurs were admitted, meaning the sport's biggest names who play in the north American major league cannot take part.
The first Olympic gold medal was awarded to Cuba who also won the title in 1996.
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) was founded in 1938.
Eight men's teams will take part in Athens -- Japan, Taiwan, Cuba, Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Italy and Australia.
August 15-18 and 20-22: Preliminaries
August 24: Semi-finals
August 25: Bronze-medal match
Hellinikon Olympic Complex, in west Athens. There are two
fields; one has a capacity of 8,568 and will host preliminary games, the semi-finals and final; the other seats 4,000 and will be the venue for preliminary games only. They are Greece's first international standard baseball diamonds.
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