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Asia Professional Baseball Championship to be held in Japan

2017/01/23 22:43:02

Taipei, Jan. 23 (CNA) The first Asia Professional Baseball Championship will be held in Tokyo Nov. 16-19, the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) announced on Monday.

The tournament will be jointly organized by the CPBL, Nippon Professional Baseball Organization (NPB) and KBO League of South Korea, the CPBL said in a statement.

The organizers will offer a cash prize of 20 million Japanese yen (US$176,000) to the winner of the tournament and 5 million Japanese yen to the first runner-up, it said.

The organizers will set age and career limits for participants of the championship to give younger players more opportunities to gain experience in international competition and help each country train future national team players, the statement noted.

No other details on the plan were revealed.

The CPBL said it made the announcement simultaneously with the NPB and KBO.

(By Lee Yu-cheng and Romulo Huang)