Pro baseball is set to return in Japan with the Nippon Professional
Baseball league to begin its 2020 season on June 19, as the government
lifts restrictions aimed at stopping the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Games will initially be played without spectators, NPB Commissioner
Atsushi Saito announced, without saying when fans may be able to return.
The NPB season was supposed to start on March 20 but has been delayed because of the coronavirus.
New cases in Japan have decreased significantly recently and a state
of emergency imposed in April to help stop the virus is gradually being
lifted and professional sport is being allowed to resume.
Two Japanese teams held intra-squad practice games in empty ballparks yesterday as they gear up for a return to action.
Several of Japan’s top football clubs, including Andres Iniesta’s Vissel Kobe, also began training on Monday.