• Kyodo


Nippon Professional Baseball said Sunday it will postpone five Central League games until after the May 11 end of the current coronavirus state of emergency in order to allow the home teams to admit fans.

NPB on Saturday said four ballparks in Tokyo as well as Osaka and Hyogo prefectures will be closed to fans starting from Tuesday. A total of 27 Central and Pacific league games were scheduled to be played in those parks between Sunday — when the state of emergency went into effect — and May 11. Sunday’s three games, however went ahead with fans in attendance due to the short notice following Friday’s emergency declaration.

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