PH Blu Girls beef up Olympic preparations in U.S. tilt

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The Philippine women's softball team gets to face some of the world's best in the USA Softball International Cup

UPHILL CLIMB. The Philippine Blu Girls are out to prove that they can compete with the world's best teams. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Hoping to boost their preparation for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers, the Philippine Blu Girls get to face some of the world’s top teams in the USA Softball International Cup at the South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia. 

The Philippine national women’s softball team – ranked No. 13 in the world– will face world No.8 China in their opening game, followed by the US women’s national team on Monday, July 1. 

“This tournament is an avenue for the Blu Girls to gauge their strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in September since the teams they will be playing against are part of the top teams in Asia and Oceania,” said ASAPHIL president and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier. 

“I am very confident that the girls will prove their mettle against their competitors and more than that, bring glory to our country.” 

Lhuillier also added that the tournament will help in determining the final roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament.

Other teams participating in the softball tilt are US Under-19 women’s national team, world No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico, No.6 Chinese Taipei, No. 20 Peru and the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch. – Rappler.com