Japan-Australia softball game to open Olympics

The softball team of host Japan is scheduled to play the first game of the Olympics when it meets Australia on July 22 at Fukushima, about 180 miles northeast of Tokyo

Another tripleheader at Fukushima follows on July 23, when the U.S. plays No. 3 Canada.

The gold and bronze medal games are in Yokohama on July 28.

The U.S. won the gold medal in 1996, 2000 and 2004, then lost to Japan in the 2008 gold medal game. Softball was dropped from the next two Olympics, then restored for 2020. It is likely to be left off for the 2024 Games and could be added again for 2028 in Los Angeles.