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Mexico heads to the Olympics, makes history

17/11/2019

Mexico made history becoming the fourth team to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The tricolores never appeared in the baseball tournament of the Olympics before.

"Mexican Baseball had important achievements in the past," commented Enrique Mayorga Betancourt, the President of the Federacion Mexicana de Béisbol (FEMEBE), the Mexican Federation.

"Qualifying for the Olympic Games is something different. It is really historic."

"I believe these kids really put their heart on the field for every game," added Mayorga.

"We played great. We underperformed only in one inning, the other day against Korea."

"I cannot even put into words how I feel," said Matt Clark, the Hublot Player of the Game against the USA.

"It was a hard-fought game."

Clark is willing to compete in Tokyo 2020: "This whole team will be there, I'm positive. I do not really see any team better than this."

Efren Navarro, who got the game-winning hit against the USA said: "We really feel proud. We will be representing Mexico and our flag in the Olympics. This is really historical."

Mexico will head to Tokyo with one goal.

"We love the bronze medal we just earned," commented manager Juan Castro.

"Next year we are coming back for the gold."

Mexico earned the Olympic spot of the Americas Region. Korea earned the spot granted through the WBSC Premier12 2019 to one National Team of the Asia/Oceania Region. Israel earned the Europe/Africa spot. Japan qualified as the host Nation.